Cork City have signed Josh O’Shea from UCC.
The 22-year-old attacker worked with manager John Caulfield previously at UCC.
Caulfield said: “It’s fantastic to get Josh in. Obviously, I’ve managed him at UCC for the last four years; he’s a tremendous lad with a great attitude, and I think he will be a great signing for us.
“I know the step-up will be difficult, but he has already been in training with us for a week and a half, and you can see that he is not far off it.”
“He has been playing with UCC all season, so his fitness levels are quite high, but he just needs to adjust to the quicker pace and he has been doing that at training.
“We feel that he will be another huge addition to us; he is another one of these guys coming through, no-one knows a lot about him, but I think he will definitely feature in the second half of the season.”
Speaking after signing, Cloyne native O’Shea explained how he was looking forward to the opportunity to work with John Caulfield again: “I’m delighted to have signed; it is a big step-up for me, but something I have always wanted to do.
“With John (Caulfield) in charge now, it is a great opportunity for me to come in, feel comfortable, train well and fight for a place in the team. Cork City is a great place to be at the moment because the team is doing brilliantly, so if I can train hard and push on to compete for a spot in the team, I’d be delighted.”
O’Shea will wear the number 29 jersey for City, and he explained how his new teammates are already helping him to settle in: “I think what John wants is a hard-working, honest player, so I’d like to think that I will give 100%.
“John is a great manager and a great coach and he brings good vibes to the place, as well as a good work ethic. The lads want to win; it’s a great set-up and the quality is there. It’s a high tempo, much higher than I would have been used to, but I feel like I’m settling in.”