CORK City head coach John Cotter is hoping that the returning Mark O’Sullivan will have an immediate impact at Turner’s Cross.
City announced the re-signing of centre-forward O’Sullivan yesterday and he is likely to go straight into the squad for Friday's televised Premier Division clash with Bohemians at Turner’s Cross (8pm), along with loan signing Joel Coustrain.
Cotter is happy to have former Avondale United man O’Sullivan (36) – who scored the winner for Avondale United in the FAI Intermediate Cup final in May – back at the club for a third spell.
“It’s great news,” he said, “Marky returning will give everyone a lift.
“Everyone knows Marky and knows his passion for this club, and they are the type of characters we need at the moment. Marky always loved the affection he got from the supporters and responded well to it, and I totally understand why they had that affection for him, because he would run through a brick wall for the club.
“He will give everyone in the dressing room a lift because he is a great character and he is a winner. We have Joel Coustrain coming in, along with Marky, and Darragh Crowley coming back in after his Leaving Cert, so that gives us more options in forward areas, which is what we are looking for.
“These players will give us those options and a bit of quality as well, along with Karl Sheppard coming back from injury too. We are hoping that all of them will be available tomorrow night for the Bohemians game.”
Pierce Phillips, Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary remain ruled out due to injury but Dáire O’Connor, sent off in the 4-1 loss at home to Derry City last week, is back.
As well as O’Sullivan’s arrival, City have also announced the departure of Garry Comerford.