‘Cockney Rebel’ Murphy to return to Cork City

THE Cockney Rebel is back at the Cross. Cork City have announced the return of Danny Murphy to the club where he won a league title in 2005.

The 28-year-old full-back rejoins on a two-year deal from Shamrock Rovers and his availability will be a major boost for manager Tommy Dunne as he plots a promotion course next season.

City boss Dunne said: “I am delighted that Danny has returned to the club. The left side of defence is an area where we had to chop and change throughout last season, so I am pleased that we have been able to bring in a player of Danny’s quality.

“I don’t need to go into detail on the relationship Danny has with the supporters, but I know that the club means a lot to him and I believe that if it had not been for the well-documented issues at the club, he would never have left in the first place.”

Murphy himself confirmed that view.

“I’m thrilled to be back,” he says. “I think anyone who knows me knows that I love this club and that I always wanted to come back. Circumstances meant I had to leave, but that’s in the past now. I have spoken to Tommy and to the other people at the club and I have been very impressed. Everyone wants to get Cork City FC back into the Premier Division, and that ambition was a big factor in me wanting to come back.”

Meanwhile Sporting Fingal have announced that they will play their home games at Dalymount Park next season. It was confirmed last week that the Premier Division club have lost the financial backing of developer Gerry Gannon but the club insists its long-term plan is still to develop its own stadium in Lusk.

Meantime, the three-year deal will see Fingal swap Morton Stadium for the home of Bohemians — a club which is also anxious to source new funding — the announcement coming just ahead of today’s release of the Airtricity League fixture list for 2011.

For their part, cash-strapped Bohs have confirmed receipt of legal correspondence from two unnamed players in relation to a demand for unpaid wages. According to the club, two weeks’ wages are due to them and Bohs officials say that they have been negotiating with the players to buy out existing contracts, with the unpaid wages due to be covered by any eventual agreement.

In a statement, the club said that it had “informed the players truthfully and honestly regarding its financial situation” and added that the players were told that it would likely be mid-January 2011 when funds would be in place to back the offers.

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