SHELBOURNE will provide the opposition for Cork City in the opening game of the 2020 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season, while there have been a number of comings and goings at the club.
St Valentine’s night, February 14, is when the campaign kicks off and City will host the newly promoted Shels at Turner’s Cross with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Likely to be in goal for the Rebel Army is former Ireland U21 custodian Liam Bossin.
The 23-year-old Belgian-born stopper has previously played for Anderlecht and Nottingham Forest and City head coach Neale Fenn is delighted with the new addition.
“Getting Liam in is excellent news,” he told the club’s website.
“He is a fantastic keeper, an Irish U21 international, and it is brilliant for us to get a player of his calibre. He’s a player I would have known from the international scene and I would have kept an eye on him over the years.
“I’ve spoken to people about him and made sure he will be a good fit for us, so I am very pleased to have him signed.”
Similarly, Bossin is looking to impress the Turner’s Cross faithful.
“I feel my strengths are that I have quick feet, good distribution and I am a good shot-stopper,” he said.
“I will always give 100 percent for the club, I am a hard worker and I just want to help the club and get good results. I just want to show myself and work hard to earn my place.”
Bossin replaces Tadhg Ryan, the Limerick native who took over in goal from Mark McNulty towards the end of last season. While City and Ryan had been in talks regarding a renewal of his contract, they were unable to agree terms.
Also leaving City after two and a half seasons is left-back Shane Griffin. It was reported in last week’s Echo that the former Carrigaline United and Reading player could be on his way.
“Shane has obviously had a very successful time with the club and been a big part of the success that the club has had in recent years,” Fenn said.
“Tadhg will be moving on too. He did well when he came into the team last season, but he won’t be back for 2020. We would like to thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”
After the opener against Shelbourne, City face back-to-back away games against Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk – last season’s top two, the latter a Monday night game – while the season ends in October with a home clash against Derry City. The first Munster derby of the season is away to Waterford on Friday, March 20.