Cork City sign Matthew Gillam on loan from Rochdale

Cork City have signed another striker with just over 24 hours to go until the start of the new SSE Airtricity Premier Division season.

Matthew Gillam has joined on loan from English League One side Rochdale until July.

Gillam's acquisition comes after John Caulfield allowed Ronan Coughlan join Sligo Rovers earlier today.

“This is a big challenge for me, coming away from England to try and get some game time, but hopefully I can do well. There are a few lads at Rochdale who have been at the club and I have spoken to them quite frequently to try and see what things were like, so they have been a big help,” he told CorkCityFC.ie.

“The boys have been very welcoming, everyone has been good, so I have really enjoyed it. I played a few games at Rochdale towards the start of the season, but I need to be playing a lot more, so this is a good opportunity for me.”

City boss John Caulfield said: “Matthew is another forward player. I saw him play a couple of times before Christmas with Rochdale. He is an energetic player and can hold the ball up well; he can play as a centre forward or out wide. He wants to get game time over here and establish himself.

“With Liam Nash and now Matthew coming in, it gives us two more forward options which was an area we wanted to strengthen. He is strong, energetic, quick and good at holding the ball up. He scored a lot of goals underage at Rochdale and we have been very happy with him in training this week. He has a great attitude and really wants to do well here, so we are looking forward to seeing him get involved.”

Cork's season begins away to St. Pat's tomorrow night.

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