13 December 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Cork City FC are delighted to confirm that Johnny Dunleavy has signed a new contract with the club.
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie after putting pen to paper, the defender said: “I am delighted to sign back again. We knew that it was happening, but it was just a case of finding the right time to sit down and get everything sorted out and signed. Now, it’s time to get the head down and focus on the rehab for another while.”
“It’s never nice to sit and watch, I’m the worst watcher in the world, but everything is going according to plan so far and I’ll come back bigger and better than ever.”
“John recruits well every year and this year is no different. The boys that have come in are quality players and will add competition. It’s exciting; all of a sudden, everyone is gunning for us which is a different kind of pressure, but that is the way you would want it. As a footballer, you want success and you want trophies. It will be tough to replicate this year, but that will be our aim.”
City boss John Caulfield welcomed the news, commenting: “Johnny is working very hard to get back and we all hope to see him back soon. We all know what a vital part of the club he is and what an outstanding player he is. The sooner he is back, the better for us and, while he will miss the start of the season, we believe he will be back before too long. Our physio team of James Peckitt and Joe Normoyle from the Mardyke Arena deserve a lot of credit too, as they have been working very hard with Johnny.”
“He has been in this position before, but through hard work and perseverance, as well as our excellent medical team, he has come back. I believe he is ahead of his original schedule, which is great to see, and we can’t wait to have him back. We are not putting him under any pressure to get back, as he is recovering from a serious injury, but we will all be delighted to see him back in action.”