19 January 2017
By David O’Sullivan
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.”Follow TheCork.ie (The Online Newspaper for Cork, Ireland) on social media