Cork City were given a massive boost on Thursday morning with confirmation that Ryan Delaney is staying at Turner’s Cross until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation since joining on loan from Burton Albion at the beginning of the season, and with captain Johnnny Dunleavy set for another long injury absence, keeping the former Wexford Youths centre-back was paramount for City’s remaining league fixtures.
Manager John Caulfield had always maintained confidence that a deal could be agreed for Delaney to extend his loan spell until to the end of the year and, speaking to Cork City’s website, expressed his delight at keeping such an important player for that crucial extra few months:
“We are delighted to have extended Ryan’s loan until the end of the season. He came in under the radar before the start of the season and he settled in very quickly, having an immediate impact.
“He has gone from strength to strength and has become a vital cog in our team, as we can see from the clean sheets we have kept.”
In the short-term, Delaney remains an injury doubt for this weekend’s clash with Derry City at Maginn Park. With the aforementioned Dunleavy definitely out and Alan Bennett also a doubt, Caulfield could be forced to throw new signing Sean O’Mahony in at the deep end, the 19-year-old only recently having signed from UCC.
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