Steven Beattie bade farewell to Cork City following Sunday’s FAI Cup final and will now play his football in America after signing for the Chattanooga Red Wolves.

The midfielder failed a fitness test ahead of the defeat to Dundalk to miss the Aviva Stadium encounter, and will join the Tennessee side ahead of the 2019 USL League One season, pending league and federation approval.

Beattie spent the last four seasons at the Turner’s Cross club, where he secured two FAI Cup winner’s medals and a league winner’s medal following City’s double winning season in 2017.

"Joining Chattanooga Red Wolves SC is a huge honour, and I couldn’t be more excited," said Beattie.

"I have high hopes for the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to getting started."

The USL League One begins its inaugural season in 2019 with ten sides from the USA and Canada competing in the first season.

"Steven prides himself on his work-rate as a two-way player, aiming to excel at both offense and defense," said Tim Hankinson, head coach and technical director for Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.

"I look to not only utilize his expertise in the attacking and middle thirds setting up scoring opportunities, but I also have expectations for Steven as a goalscorer himself."