Saturday 24 August 2019

McLoughlin seals Hull switch as Euro heroes return to home league action

Defender Sean McLoughlin is heading to Hull City. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Defender Sean McLoughlin is heading to Hull City. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Cork City have completed the sale of promising defender Seán McLoughlin to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

McLoughlin has signed a three-year contract with the Championship side, with their manager Grant McCann a long-time admirer of the defender. McCann was in charge of Doncaster when they had a €250,000 bid knocked back by the Leesiders.

"I know I've still got a lot to learn, but it's a fantastic opportunity and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead," said McLoughlin.

The sale of McLoughlin was always on the cards this year, with Cork in need of an income boost following a tough run in the league. Elimination at the first hurdle of the Europa League cost the Leesiders a significant windfall as they would have faced Rangers.

By contrast, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers have netted riches from UEFA by advancing - but they return to league matters this weekend.

Dundalk face St Patrick's Athletic in Inchicore this evening ahead of Wednesday's game in Azerbaijan, while Rovers face Cork tomorrow before heading to Cyprus for Thursday's second-leg showdown.

Rovers boss Stephen Bradley paid tribute to Ronan Finn after his selfless work in Thursday's first-leg win over Apollon Limassol. Jack Byrne has taken the plaudits but Bradley hailed the unselfish work of Finn - who has featured in group stage campaigns with Rovers and Dundalk.

"He shows up on big nights and in big games," said Bradley. "It's no coincidence we've had to take him off in the last two European games, as he just empties the tank."

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