Ryan Delaney poised to make loan move to Cork City from Burton Albion
Cork City are set to play the loan market again to strengthen their squad by agreeing a deal to bring in Ryan Delaney from Championship club Burton Albion until the summer.
Delaney joined Burton from Wexford Youths last July on a two year deal but has failed to break into Nigel Clough's plans because he lacks experience.
They view Cork as a good fit for the 20-year-old and John Caulfield has moved to draft in the versatile defender ahead of the new campaign which starts next month.
Caulfield brought in Eoghan O'Connell on loan from Celtic for the first half of last season and the hope is that Delaney can make a similarly positive impact.
O'Connell went back to Celtic and played in the Champions League qualifiers, although he is currently furthering his education with another loan spell at League One side Walsall.
Cork City's mission in 2017 is to win the league title after three successive second placed finishes behind Dundalk. They continued preparations with a 4-0 friendly win over local intermediate side St Mary's AFC last night. New signings Jimmy Keohane and Achille Campion - who both joined from Sligo Rovers - were on target.