Sunday 20 August 2017

Sadlier looks to follow Maguire's lead after sealing Cork switch

Former Ireland U-21 international Sadlier. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Ireland U-21 international Sadlier. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Cork City's new signing Kieran Sadlier has revealed his former team-mate Seanie Maguire helped him decide to join the runaway League of Ireland leaders.

The attacking midfielder has been once again the stand-out player in a disappointing Sligo Rovers side and was likely to depart for a higher level in this transfer window.

After signing off on his 18-month spell at the Showgrounds on Sunday by helping Sligo to a much-needed victory over Shamrock Rovers, the English-born 22-year-old was in Cork yesterday to formalise his move to Turner's Cross.

Sadlier, who declared for Ireland at the age of 15 through his Tipperary grandfather, played alongside City marksman Maguire at West Ham United and underage at international level.

He'll get to assist the Preston North End-bound striker in Europa League action next week should, as expected, City see out their first-round tie over Levadia Tallinn in Thursday night's home leg.

A probable meeting with AEK Larnaca awaits City in the second round.

"Seanie talks a lot about Cork and he was a big factor in me coming here," said former Ireland U-21 international Sadlier, who could make his debut on Sunday against St Patrick's Athletic.

"Players got big moves to England from here and I want to push on for the Ireland senior squad too."

Irish Independent

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