Ian Foster’s team are also expected to shortly add striker/winger Sam Malsom, formerly of Torquay, Plymouth and B36 Torshavn, to their ranks.
Meanwhile, the new Cork City FORAS Co-op has ensured footballing continuity on Leeside by, as expected, confirming that Turner’s Cross will be the club’s home in the First Division for the 2010 season.
Said General Manager Kevin Mullen: “Turner’s Cross is the best venue in the league, and I am delighted we will be playing at the spiritual home of League of Ireland football in Cork. I look forward to seeing a large, passionate crowd backing their club in our first home game against Waterford United.”
He added: “I would like to thank everyone at the Munster Football Association for their assistance, especially Ger Delaney and Vince Cummins, and I look forward to enjoying an excellent working relationship with the MFA.”
The club has already hit the ground running, unveiling a new crest and website at CorkCityFORASCo-op.com. Season tickets will go on sale in the coming days and will be available at €139 for adults and €69 for U18’s and OAP’s.
New manager Tommy Dunne is expected to take his first full training session today, as he accelerates the business of assembling a squad for the kick-off of the new season when Cork visit Derry next Friday. Goalkeeper Mark McNulty will be the player representative at the official League of Ireland launch in Dublin this morning.
Meanwhile, St Pat’s manager Pete Mahon has injury concerns for tonight’s Setanta Cup game against Linfield at Richmond Park (7.35). Defenders Conor Kenna, Ian Bermingham, Shane Guthrie and Derek Pender are struggling with knocks after Monday’s 3-1 win over Bray Wanderers, while Brian Cash is cup-tied.