City's signing spree continues with a new striker and defender on board

City's signing spree continues with a new striker and defender on board
Josh O'Hanlon battles Conor McCormack and Gearoid Morrissey last season. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

CORK City’s blueprint for continued success next season when they defend their league championship and FAI Cup crowns continued apace with the signing of Galway United’s right-back Colm Horgan, a brother of Preston and Irish winger Daryl Horgan, and St Pat's striker Josh O'Hanlon.

The 22-year-old forward joins after spending last season with Pat's, while he has also had spells at Longford Town and Bournemouth. 

“I work hard, I get about and I am a problem for defenders," said O'Hanlon. "The fans at Turner’s Cross are unbelievable. They fill the ground every game, there’s only one club in Cork and they come out in their numbers, so I can’t wait to play there.” 

Josh O'Hanlon with St Pat's. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile
Josh O'Hanlon with St Pat's. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

City boss John Caulfield welcomed the attacker: “He is 22, big, strong, mobile and very quick. He is really looking forward to coming down to Cork and we are looking forward to having him. He has a lot of talent and it is up to us to see can we release that talent."

Colm Horgan was a virtual ever-present for the Tribesmen over the last four seasons, and he has inked a two-year contract with the double champions.

“I am absolutely delighted; I am coming down to join the champions of Ireland and I just want to get going. The season may have only just ended, but I am already looking forward to next year.

“The intensity and the work-rate of the team has impressed me, the way they play on the front foot. The players they have are players with unbelievable individual ability, but they also work really well as a unit,” said the Salthill man.

“We have to go for the league again. John wanted me to come down because I am hungry. I am coming down to win trophies; whatever competition we play in, I want to win. I also want to progress as far as we can in Europe next summer,” he added.

Colm Horgan takes on Karl Sheppard. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Colm Horgan takes on Karl Sheppard. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Manager John Caulfield described Horgan as a perfect fit for his squad.

“Colm has been with Galway for the last number of years and he can play right across the back four. He is versatile, tenacious and he is a great crosser of the ball. He has a tremendous attitude; we had his brother Daryl here before, he had a great attitude too and Colm is the same.

“Since Johnny Dunleavy got injured, Steven Beattie was our only option at right-back and we had to play Jimmy (Keohane) and Conor (McCormack) in there, so having Colm and Tobi here gives us options.

“Colm is coming down determined to break into the team; we want to bring guys in who will keep us up there challenging for trophies and European football. He wants to win trophies, we want to win trophies … simple as that,” he added.

It is believed City hope to unveil Derry's centre-half Aaron Barry as a new signing this weekend.

The prestigious PFA Ireland awards will take place on Saturday week at The Marker Hotel in Dublin 2 and Cork City have three players - Ryan Delaney, Gearoid Morrissey and Seanie Maguire - on the PFAI Premier Division ‘Team of the Year’ which reads:

Gerard Doherty (Derry); Sean Gannon (Dundalk), Niclas Vemmelund (Dundalk), Ryan Delaney (Cork City), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers); Aaron McEneff (Derry City), Patrick McEleney (Dundalk), Gearoid Morrissey (Cork City); David McMillan (Dundalk), Ronan Murray (Galway Utd) & Sean Maguire (Cork City)

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