Darren Dennehy has re-signed for Cork City ahead of the 2015 season. The Kerry native was instrumental to the success of a solid back-line on Leeside last season.
Dennehy joined City for the beginning of the 2013 season following a two year spell at Barnet.
The 26-year-old was ‘delighted’ to have signed back so early and is looking forward to progressing on what the Rebel Army achieved in 2014.
“Delighted to sign back and get it done, [I’m] looking forward to pre-season, the Europa League next year and hopefully get a bit of silverware.
“We had a good season, obviously everyone was happy we finished up runners-up and we pushed Dundalk all the way but we didn’t end up with any silverware so hopefully next year now we’ll go a step further and pick up a few cups and maybe push [for] the league again.”
Having a mean defence last season is something Dennehy was pleased with and he is hopeful of recreating this again next term.
“The year before (2013) it was a mixed back four and there weren’t much clean sheets. I think there was three or four all season so we just kept a lot of clean sheets last year.
“All the boys did well, it was the team that worked hard all over the pitch so it was kind of easy to keep clean sheets when the team all pulls together, so hopefully next year we’ll do the same.”
Manager John Caulfield was pleased to sign back one of his most consistent defence options from last season.
“Great to have Darren signed back. Obviously he played huge part last season. As you can see we had a tremendous record with clean sheets.
“Obviously Nults [Mark McNulty] keeping 17 clean sheets…the back four has a huge part to play and Darren was part of that, and himself and Dan [Murray] built up a very good combination and we’re looking forward to this year and hopefully that Darren can maybe step up to another level.”
“He had a great season and played fantastic but I think there’s a lot more in Darren and hopefully he’ll have another great season with us this year.”
Looking ahead to 2015, Dennehy was pragmatic in what the goal was for the team next year.
“The main aim is just to win trophies. Last year was good experience all the lads got under their belts, pushing Dundalk to the last game but the main aim is to win it next year now. It wouldn’t be a successful season otherwise.”
Caulfield is hopeful the familiarity and the solidity his defence displayed in 2014 will be matched or bettered again next term.
“You have all guys that have played together, they know the system and they’ve formed a very strong defensive unit with so many good clean sheets and I suppose the fact that they all know each other, we’re hoping for more of the same…if we can come along next season and put in that many clean sheets again, it means we’re probably going to be there or thereabouts again and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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