29 November 2017
By Mary Bermingham
Cork City FC are delighted to announce that Steven Beattie has signed a new contract with the club.
The 29-year-old has made over 60 league appearances since joining the club in 2015 from Sligo Rovers, and he told CorkCityFC.ie: “I am delighted to get it done. Obviously, everyone knows that there was some interest from the States, but I sat down and talked to a few people and weighed everything up, and there is no way that I could leave what is going on here at the moment. The players John has signed, the players we already have who have signed back. It is going to be special times at Cork City and I couldn’t sit back and not be part of that.”
“I can’t wait for pre-season to meet the new lads, but a great nucleus of the team has signed back as well, and I can’t wait to get going. It is a special place down here; I said last week I wouldn’t play for any other team in Ireland and I stand by that sentiment. I had offers here, but you just can’t leave this place. Once you get down here, you understand what I’m talking about; the environment you are playing in, a packed Turner’s Cross week-in, week-out and then you see the crowd at the Aviva… To do the double was the icing on the cake and hopefully there are plenty more trophies for this club.”
City boss John Caulfield welcomed the news, saying: “Beats has been an instrumental part of our squad for the last three years or so. He is so versatile, he can play at full back, either wing or in midfield. We are delighted to have him on board again for 2018.”
“He has played regularly since he came here and before that as well, so he has plenty of experience under his belt as well. I know he is a real favourite with the supporters as well; he has that never-say-die attitude and a great will to win, and he is a key part of the squad. He has really bought into what the club is all about and I know he is looking forward to 2018 as much as the rest of us.”