CORK City midfielder Jimmy Keohane admits that the lure of England is always tempting, but he’s called on his teammates to ‘keep together’ ahead of what will be a busy run of games for the Rebel Army.
John Caulfield’s side face Munster rivals Limerick for the third time this season tonight at Turner’s Cross, 8pm, having recorded two 3-0 victories in the Market’s Field, as the second half of their title-chasing campaign begins.
With Seanie Maguire signed by Preston and talks of Kevin O’Connor following, Keohane has admitted it’s difficult not to notice the shop window himself and his teammates are currently runaway leaders of the Airtricity Premier Division. City are a staggering 18 points clear of champions Dundalk after 17 games, having won 16 and drawn one during the first phase of the season, as well as lifting the President’s Cup and the Munster Senior Cup, last Monday night.
“No matter what football club you’re in there’s people coming and going, that’s the name of the game. Seanie has merited his move to Preston and he’s making that step up to a different level, and a lot of people in the dressingroom can see with the way we’re performing, there will be scouts at the games, but we all have to keep together.
“Personally I’m not really thinking about (moving back over to England), I’m enjoying myself and I love playing football down here in Cork.”
Keohane spent a well-deserved four days with his girlfriend in Mallorca over the break and was glad to have some time to switch off from the football, particularly ahead of a punishing schedule in Europe, which could see City draw teams as far away as Azerbaijan in the first round.
However, boss Caulfield afforded himself no break for the fortnight, with a star striker to replace and plenty to plan for as the season begins to heat up itself.
“I don’t think that would be any different for any other manager who wants to win trophies. This is a 24-hour job, and anyone who tells you different isn’t doing their job properly, in my opinion.”