Josh O’Shea and goalkeeper Alan Smith have both been confirmed as the latest additions to John Caulfield’s Cork City side.
O’Shea re-signs for the club having joined the Leesiders last summer. The pacey midfielder made most of his appearances on the wing last year, providing crosses and an outlet for his teammates, however O’Shea told corkcityfc.ie that he now hopes to add goals to his game as the 2015 season approaches,
“I want to get on the scoresheet this year; last year I was disappointed myself with not getting a couple of goals, so hopefully I can do that and kick on as well in terms of my performances. I want to compete hard for a place, because there is huge competition there, which is great because it pushes everyone on.”
Having managed O’Shea previously with University College Cork, Caulfield is hopeful the 23-year-old can rise to the challenge of having added competition in the squad this year.
“Josh came in halfway through last season and did really well for us. He is an honest, hard-working player and what you see is what you get with him. He knows this year will be a challenging one for him, but he never shirks a challenge, he is totally committed and he really wants to prove he can make it at this level.”
The Leesiders have also announced the signing of goalkeeper Alan Smith, formerly of Rangers and a Cork native. Smith is aware of the difficult task of aiming to become Cork City’s number one but feels it will keep him on his toes,
“I’m delighted. It’s a big club and it is definitely going places again. It’s a personal challenge for me as well; there are two good goalkeepers here already, which keeps you on your toes.”
“When I came in to train, (goalkeeping coach) Phil Harrington was fantastic; it was tough and they were some of the hardest drills I have ever done, but he’s been brilliant. He encourages you, he speaks to you about what you need to do and I am looking forward to working with him.
Commenting on his targets for the season ahead, Smith said,
“I want to get fit first of all, as it has been a long time since I played a game, and then hopefully try to break into the team. It won’t be easy with Mark and Kevin there, but that is my first target.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena