Cork City have announced the signing of Michael Rafter.
The striker, who scored twelve goals for Derry City last season, has previously played for Waterford United and Dundalk having returned from a spell at Colchester United.
The 21-year-old, who has been capped at underage level for the Republic of Ireland, told CorkCityFC.ie that he has hopes of a good season with the club in 2014: “I am delighted to have signed for Cork City; it’s a privilege to join this club. It’s a big club, and there is a lot of history of Tipperary players coming down here and doing well.
“I have been very impressed with the way John (Caulfield) goes about his business; he is certainly bringing in winners this year.
"With the players who are coming in, and if John can keep the base of the team from last year, I think we will be up there with the top squads in the league. This club needs to be back in Europe, so we want to be competing for the top four.”
"It’s a big club, and there is a lot of history of Tipperary players coming down here and doing well" - Michael Rafter
Commenting on his latest signing, manager John Caulfield highlighted Rafter’s ability to find the back of the net on a regular basis: “Michael got twelve goals from just nineteen starts last season with Derry.
"He has shown the potential he has, so we just need to get more consistency from him.
“He’s only 21, he’s a very attacking player and we are delighted to have them.
"Over the years we have had a lot of Tipperary guys, such as (Stephen) Napier, (Ollie) Cahill and (Kelvin) Flanagan, who have done well at the club, and I am hoping he will be a big success for us.”