When you look at the career of Josh O’Hanlon to date, there are a number of comparisons to make with Sean Maguire.
O’Hanlon comes to City after a tough few years football wise. After coming back to Ireland from England following a spell with Bournemouth, he joined St. Patrick’s Athletic ahead of the 2017 season.
His stint with the Saints did not turn out as he would have planned, however, and now, after discussions with City boss John Caulfield, O’Hanlon aims to resurrect his footballing career – just like Maguire did when he came to Leeside after a difficult spell with Dundalk.
The 22-year-old spoke of how he would like to repeat the career turnaround that the now Preston player experienced while at the club.
“I had a few chats with John before I came here and every time [I spoke to him], he made me want to join the club more and more,” O’Hanlon told Pundit Arena.
“Working with a manager like him, you have seen recently that he has gotten the best out of Seanie Maguire.
“Seanie was sort of similar to myself, he had a rough couple of years and to get that out of him was credit to [the work] of John.
“I would hope for a bit of the same for me. I look forward to working with John on the training pitch and bring that into games then.”
Reflecting on his time at St. Pat’s, this is what O’Hanlon had to say:
“I didn’t really play as much as I would have wanted to at St. Pat’s. All round it was disappointing for myself that I was not able to reach the goals I had set for myself at the start of the year.
“I was coming off of a short contract over in England and I was kind of all over the place a little bit clubs wise over the last couple of years.
“I have been going from team to team more than I would have liked. So I came back to Pat’s thinking maybe I would settle in and have a good season. But that wasn’t the case.
“Now I am delighted to be in Cork now and hopefully this year is going to be a lot different.”
Cork City begin their title defence with a clash against O’Hanlon’s former club, St. Pat’s, on February 16 at Richmond Park.