John O’Flynn has been announced as the latest re-signing at Cork City following his return to the club from Exeter City last season.
O’Flynn returned to his native county in July of last year having been away from the club for six years. O’Flynn was with City from 2002 to 2008 where he won the Premier Division in 2005 and the FAI Cup in 2007.
The 32-year-old re-signs having made 14 league appearances since he joined midway through 2014.
Commenting on re-signing for the Rebel Army, the Cobh man had this to say:
“Good to be part of it again, got a good taste last year and hopefully we can kick on again and get the prize that we want.”
When discussing next season’s proposition of European football, it is certainly something the Cork City legend is looking forward to.
“It’ll be fantastic and it’s where the club needs to be and we want the club to be so we’re all looking forward to that and as you say, challenging again.”
O’Flynn will be looking to play in a more central role next season.
“Me and John have chatted and it’s going to be more of a centre forward role next year. I played a lot on the wing the six months that I was back so just looking forward to getting in now for pre-season and working hard and see where we go from there.”
With new signings coming in for next season as well as much of the squad re-signing the Irish under 21 international thinks strength in depth could be a key feature for next year.
“[We have a] better squad than last year and I think you need that for the amount of games and we had a good few long trips and midweek games so that will count with a better squad but hopefully it’ll be as close knit as it was last year and we can kick on.”
Commenting on the re-signing, manager John Caulfield had this to say:
“It’s great to get John signed back. In the system we played last year, he was playing on the right side of the front three, which was a difficult position for him. We’ve had a good chat about it, it’s an area that we needed to strengthen and I have brought in a lot more attacking options this year, which means that hopefully we will be able to play with two up front.”
“As we all know, his goalscoring pedigree is phenomenal for this club and I am hoping that, with a good pre-season behind him and a change in formation, he will start getting the goals that we hope will help us challenge next season.”
“At training and around the club, he is an absolutely super guy. He’s a real Cork City person and our younger players have picked up a lot from him. For John, the challenge will be to get in the team and score goals regularly, which hopefully he can do. I have no doubt that, once he gets a few goals, he will show how good he has always been.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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