Friday 23 August 2019

Cork City have swooped to sign Greg Bolger from St Pat's but some big names are leaving Leeside

Greg Bolger holds on to referee Padraigh Sutton after a challenge during St. Patrick’s Athletic’s victory over Bohemians
Greg Bolger holds on to referee Padraigh Sutton after a challenge during St. Patrick’s Athletic’s victory over Bohemians

Cork City have moved on quickly from their FAI Cup final disappointment to sign St Pat's midfielder Greg Bolger.

John Caulfield wasted no time following last weekend's 1-0 extra-time defeat to Dundalk in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium to add further strength to his side following a season that also saw the Rebels finish runners-up to Dundalk in the league.

“Cork City is one of the biggest clubs in the country, if not the biggest”, Bolger said.

“John (Caulfield) has a plan for the year ahead, I think he has a few different ideas he wants to implement with the team and he wants me to be a part of that. I wouldn’t say it was a big choice, obviously Cork City speaks for itself.

"Dundalk have obviously set the bar, but I don’t think we will be far away. I think John is bringing in a few players, so I think we will be right there challenging and we could go one better. I want to try and get the club back up to the top where it belongs.

"I don’t know how many years it has been since this club has had success and the fans are obviously crying out for that; they have come so close and I am sure some of the players here are hurting from that.”

Cork City manager John Caulfield said: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed Greg. He is probably the top midfielder in the country and has won a league, a cup and a league cup with St. Pat’s over the las three seasons. He is in the prime of his career and has his best football ahead of him, even though he has won three trophies in three years.

“He is known for passing ability, his competitiveness and will to win. He is energetic and he brings leadership to our team, which we need. I think it is a fantastic signing for us and a real marker of the type of player we are trying to bring in for next season to make sure that we can go a step further.”

But there is also bad news for Cork as Caulfield confirmed that John O’Flynn, Liam Kearney, Kevin O’Brien and Billy Dennehy will not be at the club next season.

“The lads who have been here have done fantastically well over the last two seasons and obviously a lot of them will be staying here but, unfortunately, some will be moving on. Over the next week to ten days, we will be adding more players to our squad.

“Some of our current squad have already re-signed, some have agreed but not yet signed and obviously we are bringing in new signings as well.”

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