Delaney is loving his loan spell at the heart of the Cork City defence

Delaney is loving his loan spell at the heart of the Cork City defence
Cork City's Ryan Delaney celebrates scoring against Rovers. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK City’s goal-scoring centre-half Ryan Delaney hopes to sort out his future in the coming days.

The 20-year-old Wexford man who is on loan from Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion is keen to stay on Leeside and help the team to league honours at the end of the season as well as taking part in City’s Europa League campaign next month.

Delaney said that he has to discuss his future with his agent ex-Ireland star Stephen Hunt but feels the ultimate decision will rest with the respective managers John Caulfield and Clough.

Delaney has a few options to consider and after his two-goal salvo in the 4-1 win over Shamrock Rovers over the weekend, he suggested the possibility of a permanent move.

The alternatives are to extend the loan deal or end it and go back to English football at Burton Albion.

“I am not too sure what will happen but talks are on-going between the clubs and I’d hope to know where my future lies in the next or so.

"I am playing a lot of games here and I am happy with that and I feel I have improved as a player since I joined Cork City but it’s not all in my favour. The ball is not entirely in my court and even if I want to stay 100% that might not be enough to sway the decision for me,” he added.

“It’s up to the two clubs really and what their plans are for me. A lot depends on what Burton want to do in pre-season in terms of new signings, and if they want to bring in more experienced players, and that will be a big factor too in the transfer,” he told me.

“I was playing a lot of reserve team football with Burton before I came to Cork and there wasn’t much of a competitive edge to it.

"I feel I have improved game by game with Cork and that’s four goals to my name now and that’s the most I have ever scored at senior level.

“It’s great having lads like Alan Bennett and Johnny Dunleavy talking you through games and handing out advice. They have bags of experience and I want to take the best parts of their game and add it to my own to try and make me a more complete defender.

John and Nigel have spoken on the ‘phone about my loan arrangement and I think it will all be sorted out in the next week to ten days going into the summer break.

Delaney feels Cork can keep their 16-match unbeaten run going away to champions Dundalk at Oriel Park on Friday night in a ‘live’ RTE clash.

“We feel now that we can beat any team in the division if we put our minds to it and we have nothing to fear this weekend. It’s another massive game for us away from home but we are in a rich vein of form.

"Apart from our high fitness levels and the work we do with High Performance coach Kevin Tattan, we are mentally strong too and that’s an important aspect of the game as well,” he added.

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