Cork City’s Gearóid Morrissey is set to leave the club, Cork City boss John Caulfield has revealed.
A two and a half year deal has been offered to Morrissey by the League Two club, according to local Cork paper the Evening Echo and another shot at English football now looks on the cards for the 23-year-old following a spell with Blackburn Rovers in the past.
Speaking to the paper, Caulfield mentioned how this deal will be too tempting to turn down and he expects Morrissey to leave the Rebel Army, despite to best efforts of the club to keep him on Leeside.
“Gearóid, to be fair to him, has had a desire to go back to England and because players aren’t paid for three months of the season, he’s in a position to look at any options he wants.
“He was tapped up by a number of clubs and I know Cambridge have made him a good offer.
“We’re still talking to him but I’d expect he’ll sign early next week. I don’t want to lose him, but I’ve known it was coming and there are a few guys want to come to us if he goes.”
Should Morrissey leave he will leave a gulf in this City side having performed outstandingly in 2014 after a couple of seasons in which he was often played out of position and didn’t manage to consistently perform to the best of his ability.
It will be a tough task to replace a player who held onto the ball so well for the Leesiders last year and managed to keep City in games with the tenacity he illustrated in the middle of the park.
Morrissey and his central midfield partners, Colin Healy and Gary Buckley worked wonders together with Buckley playing in behind the striker, Healy holding and Morrissey doing a lot of the leg work.
Not only was he the engine of the team but his tackling ability and vision when in tight spaces were a joy to watch.
Focus however, will now turn to who Caulfield can bring in to replace the young midfielder. Whoever it is, he will have big boots to fill.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena