Cork City have signed former Ireland U21 winger Liam Kearney, who will join the club for the third time.

The 30 year old, who has won the League title, FAI Cup and Setanta Sports Cup in previous spells with Cork, returns after spending a number of years in Australia and most recently had a spell with Avondale United.

Kearney, who scored the winning goal in the Setanta Sports Cup final on his last appearance for the club in 2008, said he was delighted to be back.

“I want to play; I’m not here to make up the numbers,” he said. “I’ve had a good career and I want to push on now again, and hopefully bring more trophies to the club.

“This is a huge club, and when I look around the players who are there in training, I can tell straight away they have great attitudes.

“We have a good squad coming together now, and it is great to be back and be part of it. I love being back and being around the club, and hopefully I can get back to playing my best football.”

“You can tell straight away from John (Caulfield) the passion he has. He’s instilling that into the players, and there’s nobody uncertain of what their jobs will be.

“I think that’s a great platform to start from, and we can only go from strength to strength.”

“From speaking to him, he has shown a lot of ambition and wants to win trophies.” - John Caulfield

City boss Caulfield said: “I’m delighted to have Liam back. He had some fantastic seasons with us when he was younger, and I think in some ways that there have been missed opportunities for him.

“From speaking to him, he has shown a lot of ambition and wants to win trophies.”

“His enthusiasm and his work-rate in training have been fantastic.  I certainly believe he has a lot to offer us.

“I feel that he has the bit between his teeth at the moment and he really wants to get back playing and win trophies.”