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Cork City sign Dan Casey from Bohemians

Cork City have announced their first signing for the 2019 season with the acquisition of Dan Casey from Bohemians.

The 21-year-old centre-back has signed a two-year deal.

"I am delighted; this is a huge club and a good move for me. I hope this will be a great period in my career," he told CorkCityFC.ie.

"Cork City have always been a tough team to play against, and I have enjoyed those battles, so I am excited to be playing for Cork City.

"European football is a huge bonus and something I am dying to experience. As a kid, playing in Europe is something you want to do, and I am looking forward to being part of it.

"There are very good defenders here; they have shown that over the last couple of years, so it will be a tough challenge for me but one I am looking forward to."

The Dublin-native spent four years with Sunderland's academy before joining Bohs in July 2017.

City manager John Caulfield praised his impact at the club.

"Dan has had a major impact with Bohemians this season. He is a young player who has come back from England and made his mark in the league in the last year and a half," he said.

"We are thrilled to bring him in; he’s good on the ball, very strong in the air, aggressive and has huge potential.

"He has tremendous hunger to go to the highest level, and a player we think will fit brilliantly into our set-up. We can see how well he did this year in a very good Bohs side.

"We need ambitious, hungry players and he fits that bill."

Another man leaving Bohs is midfielder Ian Morris. He's been appointed the new manager at First Division side, Shelbourne.

The 31-year-old has been head of youth development at Bohemians, whose underage sides have been extremely successful of late.

Morris replaces Owen Heary in the Tolka Park dugout.

Completing a trio of Dalymount departures is Daniel Byrne, who leaves after seven years with the club.