SINCE his arrival on Leeside in July of 2015, Steven Beattie has made himself a Cork City fan-favourite because of the way he always gives 100% out on the pitch.
Beattie has played an influential role during his period with John Caulfield’s side and has won two FAI Cups and a League Of Ireland Premier Division crown since making the move south from Sligo. He is a player who is a reliable operator and he rarely lets the team down, making 66 league appearances in all in his City career thus far.
“Pre-season is going great," said Beattie. "We have a lot of new faces in so it’s all about getting the boys integrated as soon as possible.
“It’s all about kicking and driving on from last year and try to replicate what we done. We’re rearing to go.”
“Last year is in the past and it’s a new season. Preseason is going great, a lot of fitness work, but everyone came back in great shape so we’re ready to go."
Including Beattie, there have been a few good performers for City that have made the move down from Sligo Rovers.
Kieran Sadlier, Jimmy Keohane and Achille Campion are among those that have moved from Sligo to Cork and have acquitted themselves very well overall.
The most recent is full-back Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, who is one of the new recruits ahead of the 2018 League Of Ireland season.
Beattie says that the winning mentality in the Cork dressing room makes the move down to Leeside an easy one for a new recruit.
“Everyone says it’s an easy group and a great dressing room to come into. Once you come in you are not a new player, it’s everyone in it together no matter how long you have been here.
The Skerries native joked: “Nults has been here about 35 years at this stage and he’s like one of the new players still.”
Looking ahead to what City could go on to achieve in 2018, for Beattie the answer is quite simple and basic. It is clear that the hunger that this current group of players at City have for winning trophies shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
“We want to repeat what we did and go better. We want to win every competition that we are involved in. We want to go on a good run in Europe.
“Last year was great for the club, great for the fans, great for the players. But it’s in the past now and we have got to focus on this year,” added the 29-year-old.
The next competitive game for City will see them come face to face with their old rivals in Dundalk.
That clash in Oriel Park on February 11th will be the latest chapter in what is the biggest rivalry in domestic Irish football in recent times.
Then of course for City is the commencement of the league title defence against St Patrick’s Athletic five days later, before Waterford make the trip to Turners Cross for the first Munster Derby of the league campaign.
With league games also to look forward to in March against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, the big games will keep on coming. But that is just the way Beattie and Cork City want things.