Sunday 18 February 2018

O'Halloran quits after 'laughable' offer

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

CORK CITY captain Greg O'Halloran has quit the club after describing a new contract offer as "laughable".

The defender led the Leesiders to promotion last season, but will not play in their Premier Division campaign due to his fury at the offer presented to him.

"I was offered a near 80pc reduction in wages and, in a recession like this, that was just not feasible for me," said O'Halloran (pictured).

"To be honest, the terms were laughable, and for a player who played over 60 games for the club (in its current guise), it's a big disappointment.

"It's a disgrace what I was offered, having captained the team to promotion, but I know from experience that you never know what's around the corner in this game. I wish the club the best of luck for the season ahead, but they will be doing it without me," he added.

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic are hoping to continue their recruitment drive with the capture of John Russell from Sligo.

But the stylish midfielder is understood to be torn between signing for the Inchicore club and emigrating to Canada.

St Pat's manager Liam Buckley has engaged in an impressive search for new players. He wants to get a couple of young Bohemians players on board to supplement an experienced core, although winger Chris Forrester may yet stay with the Phibsborough club in search of regular football. Defender Kevin Feely is another target.

New Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan has retained another of last year's newcomers, Stephen Traynor, and had a look at a number of youngsters in a friendly with a PFAI selection yesterday. The Gypsies will outline their plans for 2012 at a press conference tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Matt Blinkhorn has returned to England after two and a half years with Sligo Rovers. The front man has signed for Blue Square side York City.

Title winners Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that Dean Kelly has signed on with the Hoops for another year.

Kelly, who scored the league-winning goal at UCD, is the third player to reach agreement with new boss Stephen Kenny this week with Sean Gannon and Conor McCormack also staying on. The latter has penned a two-year deal, with Gannon and Kelly signing one year arrangements.

Kelly had attracted interest from St Patrick's Athletic and Shelbourne, while ex-Manchester United trainee McCormack was on the radar of his local club, Dundalk.

Kenny is still on the lookout for a goalkeeper, and also needs to strengthen his defensive options with Enda Stevens gone to Aston Villa and Pat Sullivan taking time out to go travelling. The Hoops are keen to retain Scottish centre half Craig Sives.

Irish Independent

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