League of Ireland First Division club Cobh Ramblers, have announced the signing of two more additions, with midfielders Steven McCarthy and Andrew Bhandarkar joining the club.
McCarthy was most recently at Premier League side Sunderland where he completed a two year scholarship programme. He hails from Skibereen in West Cork and started his career with his local club Skibereen FC, picking up Irish caps at u15 and u16 level.
A number of cross-channel trials followed until he was snapped up by the Black Cats at the age of 16. He quickly became a key player for their u18 side and a regular in the Republic of Ireland u19 team while at the club.
Following the end of his scholarship, Steven returned to Ireland and was most recently on trial with Cork City, playing against Cobh in a friendly midway through last season. Still just 19, McCarthy has huge potential and could become a very promising player for the club. He can play up front or on the wing.
Andrew Bhandarkar is joining the club for a second time having played for the Rams during the 2013 season. Bhandarkar first featured for College Corinthians before joining League of Ireland side Limerick FC, where he mainly featured for their A Championship team.
He left the Blues to play locally with Casement Celtic before signing for Cobh at the beginning of the 2013 campaign. He left early in the 2014 season and returned to Casement but is now back at the Island club. Bhandarkar is a very versatile player who can play in a variety of positions in defence and midfield.
Added to the recent signing of Shane O’Connor from Limerick, things are starting to look a lot brighter for the Cork club. There are still two months to go before the season begins but if early signs continue the Rams could be dark horses come the 2015 campaign.
Thomas Stafford, Pundit Arena