Cork City head coach Neale Fenn has revealed that he has made decisions on the bulk of the first-team squad with regard to retention for 2020.
Just four players – Gearóid Morrissey, Dan Casey, Shane Griffin and Dáire O’Connor – are under contract for next season. Fenn is keen to make plans and to that end he has his mind made up in most cases.
“I’ve more or less decided,” he said.
“I need to be clear in my mind about what direction we’re going in next season and I need to be clear to them as well.
“More or less, I know who I’m keeping and who’s going.”
City have three SSE Airtricity League Premier Division games remaining and a win over UCD at Turner’s Cross tomorrow night would more or less guarantee their safety for next season.
Fenn expects to have to close to a full squad, with Morrissey and Garry Buckley expected back after missing last week’s 1-0 loss at Bohemians.
“Ronan Hurley is still out, but he’s back on the pitch jogging,” he said.
“He won’t be available this weekend but he’ll be back next weekend hopefully and that’s good. Kevin O’Connor is back in training, which again is good, he hasn’t been in with a long while.
“He’s back training and available, Darragh Crowley got a whack in the U19s game on Sunday so he’s out but other than that we have a clean bill of health.”
Bohs’ goal last Friday came from a mistake by City goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan but Fenn expects the custodian to bounce back strongly.
“He’s been fine,” he said, “I think keepers put mistakes like that behind them.
“They have to, because they’re going to make more of them. We’re not blaming him, it was a mistake, it’s unfortunate but we move on. There’s no problem there.”