Monday 20 January 2020

D-day is looming for Cork City star Brian Lenihan

Brian Lenihan in action against Steven Beattie, Bohemians
Brian Lenihan in action against Steven Beattie, Bohemians
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

RISING Cork City star Brian Lenihan was meeting Hull officials yesterday as he nears a decision on his future.

The highly-rated right full will leave Turner's Cross for England before the close of the transfer window and now simply faces a choice between his suitors.

Brighton were the first club to agree a fee with City for Lenihan and the player was there on Monday viewing the facilities.

Cork manager John Caulfield said the matter was out of his hands. City have no firm preference on where the player goes as they are set to earn in the region of €200,000 if add-ons are triggered wherever he lands up.

However that does not include the sell-on clause which is where the Leesiders see real potential.

"Brian is over in England," said Caulfield after Cork's FAI Cup defeat to Bohemians on Monday night. "We will know his decision by Wednesday but he is gone from us. It's not my concern now and we wish him well.

"He has been fantastic for us, a great lad, and we are all hoping he gets the right deal for himself. Hopefully he will drive on and progress."


Lenihan's defensive colleague Darren Dennehy has suggested that the Irish contingent at Hull, which includes Corkman David Meyler, could sway the 20-year-old in that direction.

"He will get a feel for places when he goes over and see where he feels more comfortable and make his decision," said Dennehy. "Hull have more Irish boys and that might favour him but I don't know.

"Wherever he goes he stands a chance of breaking through as he works hard, is a nice lad and a really good player."

Meanwhile, victorious Bohemians boss Owen Heary still came out of the night with bad news after promising defender Daniel Byrne sustained a cruciate ligament injury that rules him for the rest of the campaign.

Heary is light on defensive options and may look to 17-year-old Stephen Best, a nephew of Irish international striker Leon.

Bohs face a Dublin derby in the last eight after yesterday evening's draw but the stand-out tie is another clash between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.

Treble-chasing Dundalk meet the Hoops in the EA Sports Cup final in Oriel Park on September 20 but will now also lock horns with Pat Fenlon's charges the previous weekend in Tallaght.

Drogheda United are at home to Derry while the winner of the non-league replay between St Michael's and Avondale United will host Finn Harps.

FAI Cup Quarter-final draw: St Patrick's Athletic/Shelbourne v Bohemians; Drogheda United v Derry City, Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk, St Michael's/Avondale United v Finn Harps (ties take place week ending September 14)

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