Former Cork City full back Brian Lenihan has signed a one-year contract extension with Hull City.
Lenihan’s new contract also includes an option for the club to add an extra year, according to the Tigers’ official website.
The 22-year-old has so far not reached the heights expected of him when he left Cork at the age of 20. This has mainly been due to injury problems that have plagued his time with the club. This, however, makes a new contract all the more impressive given his limited chances. The Tigers must see something in him as he has had just one first team appearance to date.
The Corkman, who joined League of Ireland side Cork City from College Corinthians in 2012 at the age of 18, didn’t have a great deal of involvement in his first two years at the club but current City manager John Caulfield showed great trust in him during his first year in charge. The season in question was 2014, a year which saw Cork City run the title race all the way to the final day of the season before losing to Dundalk.
Lenihan made 21 of his 27 first team appearances that year and his good form was rewarded with a move to English side Hull City. They are currently battling relegation in the Premier League and were in their second consecutive season in England’s top flight when Lenihan joined the club.
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The former Ireland U-21 international left Cork City for a reported £200,000, a substantial fee for a League of Ireland player. His progress at Hull, however, has been stunted by a couple of spells out through injury. The latest of which required surgery last summer. He is now fit again and has featured for the club’s U-23 side.
He was called up by Martin O’ Neill for Euro 2016 qualifiers in October, 2014 but is still waiting for his senior debut.
A new contract at Hull can only be positive for the young man, who is no doubt eager to get more game time under his belt after a frustrating time out due to injury.
He may get a chance to prove himself next season, regardless of whether Hull get relegated or maintain their Premier League status.
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