Thursday 25 August 2016

Cork star Lenihan set to join Hull's Irish contingent

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

Cork City's Brian Lenihan (left) - pictured in action against Cathal Brady of Drogheda United - looks set to complete his move to Hull City. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Cork City's Brian Lenihan (left) - pictured in action against Cathal Brady of Drogheda United - looks set to complete his move to Hull City. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

In-demand Cork defender Brian Lenihan is preparing to complete his transfer to Hull City in the next 24 hours.

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Lenihan is believed to have underwent a medical at Hull HQ yesterday after choosing the Premier League side ahead of Brighton.

Steve Bruce's recruitment team view Lenihan as a good long-term option and Cork will net a deal that will rise to in the region of €200,000 in addition to a sell-on clause.

The 20-year-old agonised over his options this week after spending time in Brighton, but the top-flight operation made a strong play to secure his signature.

Lenihan will join with a substantial Irish contingent that includes former Cork City player David Meyler.

They are focused on the Europa League tonight with Paul McShane determined to make a breakthrough to the group stages with last season's FA Cup final runners-up.

The Tigers trail Belgian side Lokeren by a goal heading into the home decider at the KC Stadium and McShane, who excelled in their Premier League draw with Stoke on Sunday, is keen to be part of a big night.

"It would be great to be part of history again with the club and all the players are desperate to get to the group stage," said the Wicklow man.

"When we played them out there, we dominated most of the game. They had a spell of 10 or maybe 15 minutes after their goal but that was all.

"I think we take some confidence going into the game, not just from our display last Thursday but the display against Stoke as well."

McShane is pushing to be selected again after forcing his way into the side despite a crowded schedule. Injury curtailed his progress last term and the arrival of Michael Dawson from Spurs has increased defensive competition.

Irish Independent

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