Cork City have confirmed that Kevin O'Connor has agreed a deal to return to the club until the end of the season.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 is back for his third spell with Cork after spending two successful years there from 2015 to 2017 and a shorter loan period at Turners Cross last year.

O'Connor parted company with Preston North End two weeks ago and joins City as a free agent after a three-year stint with the Championship outfit.

Speaking in Bishopstown this afternoon, O'Connor said: "I’m delighted to be back. Cork is a second home to me, and it’s good to see a few old faces here.

"There are obviously only 13 games left so it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a battle, but it’s the same for everybody in the league.

"We have to take it game by game and we need to try and maximise the amount of points we can take so we want to hit the ground running."

City boss Neale Fenn was pleased at the defender’s arrival, highlighting the experience that the 25 year old will bring to his young team: "I spoke shortly after the break about the need to bring some experience into the squad, and certainly Kevin O’Connor brings us that.

"He knows the club well and he knows the league well, which was important to me. We needed that experience in such a young group, so I’m delighted that he agreed to come here. He’ll bring some experience and knowledge to our younger players."