Cork City pair Griffin and Keohane could depart

Cork City pair Griffin and Keohane could depart
Cork's Shane Griffin and John Mountney of Dundalk. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

THE futures of Cork City defender Shane Griffin and midfielder Jimmy Keohane remain to be determined as they examine their options upon the expiry of their contracts.

While City are keen to retain the services of the pair, it is believed that both are weighing up their options as other clubs look to lure them.

A seven-year sojourn with Cork City will end for John Dunleavy as the defender is among several to depart the club. The Donegal native joined the Rebel Army ahead of the 2012 campaign, eventually becoming club captain under John Caulfield.

Sadly for the Republic of Ireland U21 international, a number of injuries hampered his progress and a knee injury sustained against Limerick in June 2017 proved to be the last game he played in the double-winning campaign. While he returned to action during the summer, another setback meant that he didn’t feature after the league game against Sligo on August 31.

That has proven to be his last outing for City but he leaves Leeside with the best wishes of all associated with the club, along with Kieran Sadlier, Steven Beattie and goalkeeper Peter Cherrie.

Defenders Aaron Barry, Danny Kane and Damien Delaney are all under contract for 2018 but may yet be on the move too. City have already signed centre-back Dan Casey from Bohemians and midfielders Garry Comerford and Daire O’Connor from Waterford and UCD respectively, with other recruits expected, including a goalkeeper to replace Cherrie.

Youngsters Ronan Hurley and Cian Murphy, both part of the U19 squad this year, have been rewarded with professional contracts.

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