Just two weeks after lifting the new Ford FAI Cup trophy, Cork City midfielder Leon McSweeney has joined mid-table League Two side, Stockport County.
McSweeney, one of four players out of contract immediately after the Cup final at the RDS had initially been offered a six-month deal, but put pen to paper on an 18-month contract with the Cheshire club over the weekend.
McSweeney trained with his new team-mates over the weekend but cannot play for his new club until the January transfer window.
“The manager Jim Gannon is ambitious and the club is ambitious and I am glad to be here. I just want to be part of the success story here at Stockport County,” McSweeney said.
Brian O’Callaghan, who starred at centre-half in the final, is wanted by Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook.
The defender, also on a free release at Cork, has been offered a one-year deal at the Showgrounds.
Cork City FC will have the FAI Cup trophy at Mahon Point from 7-9pm tonight, where a brass band section will play Christmas tunes, with the proceeds going to the Needy of Cork.