Friday 28 April 2017

Huge boost for Cork City as Sean Maguire signs new contract

Cork City players Greg Bolger (L) and Sean Maguire (right) celebrate at the end of the Cup Final. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Cork City players Greg Bolger (L) and Sean Maguire (right) celebrate at the end of the Cup Final. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Seam Maguire will remain at Cork City after agreeing a new contract with the FAI Cup winners.

The prolific striker was last season's Premier League top scorer with 18 goals and also secured the Cup for Cork with a last-gasp extra-time winner against Dundalk. He had attracted interest from the Championship, with Preston North End one club tracking the youngster.

“I am absolutely delighted; I owe it to Cork City and John (Caulfield) for what they did for me this time last season," said Maguire.

"John took a gamble on me coming down here and, after the season I have had, I owe Cork City another season at least. We want to have another crack at the league, because that is what this club deserves.

“It was a great season, but we want to go that one step further next season and hopefully win the league. When I met John this time last year, he told me he was going to give me the opportunity and it was up to me to take it. He played me in the first few games and I repaid his faith by scoring goals and continued that form throughout the season.

“I was enjoying my football, everything both on and off the pitch because the group of players and staff here are the best I have been involved with; I can’t wait to get started again for next season. When you are in a team that is confident, surrounded by good players, it gives you confidence and if I start well, I am sure I can have another good season.”

 City boss John Caulfield added: “Ever since the day after the cup final, when I had a chat with Seanie, I was very confident that he would sign back for next season. He had a phenomenal season and has put himself in the history books of Cork City with the winner in the cup final.

 “We are all striving to win trophies again next year and to make sure Seanie can get as many goals as possible. He is a huge part of a very important group of lads. There was a great atmosphere and a great team spirit here last year; I said all season that it was the best team we have had in my three years here and Seanie was a vital cog in that.”

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