CORK City head coach Neale Fenn admits that players are playing for their futures at the club as the Rebel Army face into the final weeks of the season.
City host Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross tonight (7.45pm) knowing that a win — Fenn’s first in charge — would ease any lingering relegation fears.
Looking further ahead, the boss is assessing who he wants for 2020 and he’s looking for good performances from those he has available.
“I think so,” he says.
“It’s no secret that there are players here that will probably be looking to leave, their contracts will be up and they’ll want to leave and I’ll want to bring in players that I know will do what I want them to do.
“There’ll be others we want to keep and we’ll try to keep them, but certainly they should be, anyway, if they want to stay they should be playing for their contracts.”
Fenn has the luxury of being able to pick from a near-full-strength squad tonight, with midfielder Gearóid Morrissey back after a quad injury.
“It’s great to have him back,” Fenn says.
“He got a niggle on my first day here so it was unfortunate that he wasn’t available. He’s trained really well and we’re delighted to have him.
“There are knocks and niggles, as there always are, but Ronan Hurley is the only one who’s going to be missing from the squad, which is good news for us.
“The last game we played against Dundalk, there were a good few out but this gives me the chance now to have a look.
“We didn’t have a game last weekend so that meant we could look at lads in training and get a few of the bodies fit again. The fact that we have a full panel to choose from is good news.”