Former Cork City defender John Kavanagh signs for Cobh Ramblers

Former Cork City defender John Kavanagh signs for Cobh Ramblers
Preston North End's Graham Burke and John Kavanagh of Cork City.  Kavanagh has joined Cobh Ramblers.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

COBH RAMBLERS have made a major addition to their squad for 2020 with John Kavanagh signing for the St Colman’s Park side.

The former Cork City, Finn Harps and Waterford man is back at Ramblers for a second spell, having won a First Division runners up medal while at the club during a loan spell in 2017.

Kavanagh is delighted to be back at Ramblers and keen to hit the ground running for the season ahead.

“Stuart(Ashton) is assembling a strong group and I’m excited to be a part of it.

“I’m delighted to be back, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

“The last time I was here back in 2017, we were challenging for the league title so hopefully we can do something similar this year.

“A good start is important for us and we will all be working towards that over the next few weeks.” Kavanagh joined Cork City's U19 squad in 2011/12 and was part of two U19 double winning sides at Turner's Cross.

Then he was to make his league debut in 2013 against Shelbourne.

In 2014 Kavanagh scored his first goal for the club, netting in a 3-1 win over Bray Wanderers at Turner's Cross.

He made 18 league appearances that term, as City finished second to champions Dundalk in the table.

Kavanagh remained a regular starter for City for the 2015 season and made 16 league appearances.

But injury ruled him out a good portion of the league campaign and also caused him to miss out on the FAI Cup Final where Dundalk defeated City.

The injury also kept John out of the Cork side for much of 2016, but he returned to action until late September when he came on as an 88th minute substitute against Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Kavanagh made 3 league appearances by the end of the season managing 90 minutes in City's last two league matches of 2016.

Unfortunately with injury still impacting him, Kavanagh decided to go on loan to Ramblers in July of 2017.

Kavanagh then spent a spell of 2018 on loan at Finn Harps, helping the Donegal club to promotion to the Premier Division.

He then spent the first half of last season on loan at Harps, making a total of 15 top flight appearances.

Also he was to spend time with Waterford, making 14 Premier Division appearances over two short stints during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.

Now he is back with Cobh Ramblers and is fully determined to try and help the club to a strong campaign in 2020.

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