Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dennehy set for Cork exit

Cork City's Billy Dennehy
Cork City's Billy Dennehy
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Cork City are set to allow their top goal-scorer leave the club, days after he became embroiled in an altercation with a team-mate during a game.

Billy Dennehy has scored nine goals this season but City manager John Caulfield has revealed that he is "free to explore other opportunities".

The winger has not travelled to Iceland with the squad for tomorrow's Europa League second-leg qualifier with KR Reykjavik, but Caulfield refused to deny that it was a result of the fallout between Dennehy and Mark O'Sullivan.

The pair clashed in last week's first leg and had to be separated, with Dennehy's brother Darren involved in breaking up the spat.

"I wasn't going to keep him involved in this match and I've let Billy explore other options that he has on the table," Caufield told RedFM.

"He wasn't in my plans for this game, I had a chat with him and I've agreed to let him explore other opportunities he may have."

The Leesiders announced the signing of Steven Beattie from Sligo Rovers earlier in the week and he is believed to be a direct replacement for Dennehy.

Caufield wouldn't confirm whether or not the Kerry native has played his final game for City.

"The bottom line for me as the manager is I have to do what I believe is right for the club moving forward, and by bringing in Steven Beattie I'm trying to enhance the squad and make it better," he said.

Irish Independent

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