New attacker Tilley arrives to the Cross for loan spell from Brighton

New attacker Tilley arrives to the Cross for loan spell from Brighton
Cork City's James Tilley wins the ball from Limerick's Aaron Fitzgerald last weekend. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK CITY have recruited James Tilley on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 20-year-old attacker spoke to and explained how the move came about. 

“I was playing an U23 game and John was watching, so I found out afterwards that he was interested. I met him and spoke to him and it all sounded good, a club with big ambitions. I came in and trained for a few days and enjoyed it, so I am glad to have it all sorted out. 

“The standard is definitely good. It is different to playing Under 23 football, it is a lot more physical, but it is a good standard and training has been good. I hope to bring goals and assists to the team. Now that it is done, I can relax and look to kick on ahead of the start of the league.” 

Pending receipt of international clearance, it is hoped that Tilley will be available for selection for this Sunday’s Munster Senior Cup fixture against Fermoy. 

City boss John Caulfield welcomed Tilley’s arrival, saying: “We are very happy; we have done a lot of work with Brighton over a number of weeks to get this over the line. James is a very exciting player with a smashing left foot, lots of pace, very creative and he can score goals. W

"e have a lot of work to do to bed him into our system, but he is certainly a very exciting player. 

“He has been at Brighton since the age of 12; he made a few first team appearances, but they are a Premier League side and it is very difficult to get game time in that division. We are hoping that his clearance will come through and that he will be able to make his debut on Sunday in the Munster Senior Cup.” 

Caulfield also confirmed that defender Danny Kane has left the club, commenting: “Danny had been out on loan and he indicated to me that he wanted to move on and stay in England. He played a number of games last year and did very well, so we thank him for his time here and wish him well.”

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