Cork City received a timely New Year boost with news that in-demand striker Danny Morrissey has signed on again for 2014.
The 20-year-old built a successful partnership with on-loan hitman Ciarán Kilduff last season, and said he was "delighted" to put pen to paper after meeting with manager John Caulfield.
"It's brilliant having Danny back," Caulfield said. "He had a fantastic second half to last season and got some vital goals.
"He's a fantastic player – with great feet and great pace – and I can understand why there was a lot of interest from England for him. Thankfully, he has resigned with us for the season and we're hoping he can really kick on and score goals regularly this year.
"The sky's the limit for him – the crucial thing is that he works as hard as he can because sometimes when you come on the scene as an unknown, you get a little bit of freedom.
"Everybody will know who he is this season though so it'll probably be a little tougher. Danny has tremendous ability, and a great attitude – so I'm really looking forward to working with him."
Morrissey scored nine league goals last season, while his performances also earned a call up to the Irish U21s.
"I'm raring to go," the Midleton native said. "I'd like a good pre-season under my belt and to kick on then from the 7th of March. If I can stay injury-free, I think I can do well this year."
Morrissey is looking forward to playing alongside new recruit Anthony Elding and is predicting a positive 2014 campaign for the Leesiders.
"Anthony's a big man. He's the same as Killer (Kilduff) in that he's big and strong and good in the air. I can play off him, and I think we'll do well," he said.