WEXFORD YOUTHS star attacker, Danny Furlong, has signed a two-year contract with Premier Division side, Cork City.
The 23-year-old striker was the most prolific goalscorer in the First Division last season, bagging an impressive 13 goals in 24 appearances. He had to endure a tragic year off the field, with the death of his girlfriend, Nicola Furlong from Curracloe, who was murdered in Tokyo in May.
Danny was joint top scorer in the Eircom League in the 2011-'12 season, matching even the most prolific marksmen in the Premier Division and sharing the Golden Boot award. Having come up through Wexford Youths' under-age system under Mick Wallace, Furlong will be remembered for his four goals in the F.A.I. Youths Cup final against Dundalk.
He has made close to 150 appearances for the club since they joined the league in 2007 and has annexed more than 50 goals during a spell that has made him one of the club's longest-serving players. This latest move to Cork City is just reward for a player who has many talents and should shine on the big stage.
'Cork's vociferous support played a large part in my decision to move south,' he said.
'I'm delighted to have signed for the club and am really looking forward to this next stage of my career. I spoke with Tommy (Dunne, manager) during the week and was very impressed at what he had to say. Having played against Cork City in the First Division in 2010 and 2011, I was very impressed with the support and the atmosphere, and that was an important factor for me.
'When I met with him, Tommy set out what he wants to do at the club which was important. I really liked the ambition he has for the club. There are some fantastic players at the club, so it will be a challenge for me to break into the team firstly, but that is a challenge I am relishing. It is a matter of settling in and trying to win a place in the team and then seeing what happens after that.'
The last Wexford man to play with the Leesiders, Kevin Doyle, went on to bigger and better things across the water.
Manager Tommy Dunne said: 'I'm very pleased that Danny has signed for the club. It is another addition in the attacking area, which will increase the competition for places within the squad. Danny has done very well in the First Division over the last couple of years, scoring goals on a regular basis, so we are hoping that he can now settle into the Premier Division.'
This is Cork City's second major attacking signing within a week following the capture of Shamrock Rovers player, Daryl Kavanagh.