Colin Healy is the latest Cork City player to commit his future to the Leeside club following Dan Murray’s re-signing earlier today.
The former Irish international was nominated for the 2014 PFAI Player of the Year award as well as being named in the PFAI Team of the Year.
It was one of Healy’s best seasons at Cork City, usually playing in a central midfield three alongside Gearóid Morrissey and Gary Buckley. Healy kept Cork City ticking in every game he featured in and was a notable omission when he wasn’t involved.
However, the highlight of Healy’s season must be this superb overhead kick, a last-minute winner against St Pat’s in Turner’s Cross, which ultimately won Soccer Republic’s Goal of the Season award for 2014. This goal began a nine game unbeaten run in the league right up until the final game of the season when the Leesiders were defeated by deserved champions Dundalk.
Healy had this to say about his re-signing:
“It was a better season than we have had in recent years. We were a bit disappointed with how it finished, but overall it was a good season. There is a good group at the club, and I hope it will be a good year next year.”
“European football is something we are looking forward to as a team, for the fans and the club. Hopefully 2015 will be a good year and a good experience for the young lads, and the club as a whole.”
Commenting on the 34-year-old re-signing, manager John Caulfield had this to say:
“A local player, from the area, huge influence on the team last year and a superb person off the pitch, superb person at training, big player in the dressing room [and a] big player on the pitch.
“Obviously Colin knows what we’re trying to get to this year; to make sure that we’re back up there, driving on and it’s important to keep all our best players and I think Colin probably had his best season in a Cork City jersey last season and we’re looking forward to next year…and looking forward to Colin being at the top of his game again and driving the team forward.”
After such a close-fought title race with Dundalk, Cork City will look to progress and go that one step further, something Caulfield hopes the former Ipswich Town man will do.
“Colin knows he hasn’t too many seasons left in him and wouldn’t it be fantastic for him if he could, with his local club and local city,…to end up with winners medals .
“He’s been a top professional all his life. He’s been a small bit unlucky probably, throughout his career, with two serious injuries but his presence at this club and his presence on the pitch throughout all last season, he was a pleasure to deal with and we need all the top players we can [get] and I’m certainly looking forward to Colin being as good as he was this year and I’ve no doubt he will [be].”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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