19 January 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork City FC are delighted to announce that John Kavanagh has signed a new contract with the club.
The 22 year old came back into the side at the tail end of last season after a serious injury, and he said that experience has made him hungry for more: “I am delighted to get it sorted and I am really looking forward to it now. It’s great to be back training and it was great to get two games in before the end of last season; it really gave me a taste of it again.”
“The cup final win was great and the celebrations that followed were amazing. I think we deserved it for the last couple of years. On a personal level, it was tough sitting out a second cup final in two years, but that’s sport and, hopefully, if we get there this year I’ll be available.”
“It will be difficult but I have done a lot of work with Kevin Tattan over the off-season and I feel good. I am coming in now on a level playing field with the rest of the players, something I didn’t have in the last two years. I just want to do a good pre-season and play as many games as I can.”
City boss John Caulfield said that the determination shown by the full back to recover from injury was impressive, and he backed him to make an impact in 2017: “It’s great for Kav; another young player who has come through the ranks here. He was flying a couple of years ago until he had a very serious injury, but he has come back and he played the last two league games last year. He has come back to pre-season in great shape and he is like a new signing for us.”
“The breakthrough from the underage system is a big step, but Kav is one of the guys who has done that and done really well. He has had a setback with injury but he is a strong character and he has a great attitude; a lot of fellas would have fallen away in the circumstances, but he has come back and he is really looking forward to this season.”