City joy as old boy Flynn returns to the Cross

John O'Flynn in 2008.

Cork City’s title ambitions have received a massive boost as striker John O’Flynn has returned to the club.

The 31-year-old Cobh man was released by League One side Exeter City at the end of the English season and now returns to City, six years after leaving the Turner’s Cross club. O’Flynn signs until the end of the season and is set to make his first appearance in Sunday’s trip to face Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

“I’m delighted to be back, it’s like the good old days,” said the former Ireland U21 player. “I went to the Limerick game the other night, and you could see the buzz is back. They play good attacking football and I look forward to being a part of that.

“I’ve trained for the last few days and I have been really impressed with the standard; some of the young lads have great quality. It’s a big game Sunday, so we need to try and kick on.”

O’Flynn was a trainee at Peterborough before joining Cork City in 2002. The striker blossomed at the Cross, before leaving for Barnet in England in 2008.

City manager John Caulfield said: “It’s brilliant to bring John in. Obviously we know him well from his last spell at the club, where he won a league title and an FAI Cup. He’s been in England for the last six years and about a month ago he expressed an interest in coming back.

“He has a wealth of experience which our younger players can learn from, but crucially, he gives us more options up front. He’s been training with us for the last few days and he is fit as a fiddle, so he will go straight into the squad for Sunday.”

City also confirmed last night striker Mark O’Sullivan has agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2015 season, while earlier in the week City added to their attacking options with the signing of Cillian Morrison from UCD. Last month the club also signed local talent Josh O’Shea from UCC, and he made a positive impression in Friday’s emphatic win over Limerick.


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