Cork City have confirmed that their loan deal for Arsenal youngster Joseph Olowu has been extended until the end of the season.

The League of Ireland Premier Division side had signed the defender in February on a short-term loan that had been due to expire in June.

But the coronavirus pandemic saw the 2020 season suspended in March.

However, with League of Ireland soccer returning from 31 July with the resumption of the season in curtailed form, Cork City manager Neale Fenn will now be able to avail of Olowu's services beyond the initial June date when the player had been due to return to his parent club.

"Joseph came in quite late, but he was one of our better performers in the opening games of the season," Fenn told CorkCityFC.ie.

"We were pleased with how he was doing and felt he was progressing well but, as everyone knows, everything then ground to a halt.

"We've had a number of conversations with Arsenal during the shut-down, and they were very pleased with how he had been doing here, so they were happy for him to stay and try to continue the progress he had made in those first few games."

Olowu added that he was delighted to be staying on after a frustrating period of inactivity.

"I was enjoying my time at the club when the season was suspended," he said.

"Everyone made me feel very welcome at the club, and I felt I was settling in well. It has been a frustrating few months, but I am very pleased that this is all sorted and I can focus on getting back on the pitch with the club for the rest of the season."

This week, Fenn had spoken to the RTÉ Soccer Podcast about the importance of strengthening his squad to deal with the challenge of avoiding relegation.

With just 13 games remaining in the 2020 league season, Cork currently occupy the relegation play-off position. 

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