CORK CITY’S double ambition to try and retain the league and the FAI Cup trophies next season were given a big boost overnight when Steven Beattie signed a new deal.
The popular Dubliner, who was in America on holiday, put pen to paper and club captain Johnny Dunleavy will ink a new one-year contract over the weekend.
The 29-year-old Beattie made over 60 league appearances since joining the club in 2015 from Sligo Rovers.
“I am delighted to get it done. Obviously, everyone knows there was interest from the US, but I talked to a few people and weighed everything up. There’s no way that I could leave what is going on here at the moment.
“The players John (Caulfield) has signed, the players we already have who have signed back. It is going to be special times at City and I couldn’t not be part of that.”
Beattie is currently enjoying his off-season, but believes there is a strong nucleus on Leeside to challenge again.
“It is a special place here in Cork. I said last week I wouldn’t play for any other team in Ireland and I stand by that sentiment. I had offers here, but you just can’t leave this place.
“Once you get down here, you understand what I’m talking about, the environment you are playing in, a packed Turner’s Cross week-in, week-out and then you see the crowd at the Aviva!
“To do the double was the icing on the cake and hopefully there are plenty more trophies to come for this club.”
Caulfield welcomed the news: “Beatts has been an instrumental part of our squad for the last three years or so. He is so versatile, he can play at full-back, either wing or in midfield. We are delighted to have him on board again.”