THE arrival of Damien Delaney isn’t an insurance policy against the possible departure of Seán McLoughlin, according to Cork City manager John Caulfield.
Former Ireland international Delaney will be available to the club from July 1 after his signing was announced last week. That has led to rumours that McLoughlin, who has excelled in defence this season, may be ripe for a cross-channel move but Caulfield is clear in that the Delaney deal happened on its own merits.
“Everyone loves rumours,” he said, “everyone loves false stories, the reality is that if clubs get serious offers then they deal with that but nothing has happened.
“In modern society, people like to create stories, a lot of them which are totally untrue. Damien was being signed totally on his ability and where he’s from, he wanted to come home, and the level he’s at and what he’ll bring to the club.
“Even if we had another two defenders, I’d still have signed Damien. It was a no-brainer from my point of view.”
One City defender who has departed is Londoner Tobi Adebayo-Rowling. Vanarama National League side Bromley have signed the 21-year-old former Sligo full-back, who is seeming more game-time.
SSE Aitrtricity League Premier Division leaders City play their final game before the summer break tonight as they welcome Bohemians to Turner’s Cross (7.45pm), seeking a seventh straight league win.
Caulfield doesn’t think that the week off will be an impediment to their momentum.
“The break’s coming at a great time,” he said.
“Mentally, everyone needs to get away from each other for five or six days and come back fully recharged.
“Bohs beat us down here last year so we need to be ready for them. They play on the counter-attack, a lot of pace in their team and they’re always well-organised.
“At the same time, we’re at home, we must take the game to them. We’re looking at areas where we can cause them problems but we need to be at our max.”