Ciaran Kilduff has joined Cork City on loan from Shamrock Rovers for the rest of the 2013 season.

Kilduff is contracted to the Hoops until the end of 2014 and has struggled to nail down a place in their starting XI this season. 

The 24-year-old moves to City in a boost to help their ailing season that has seen 3-0 defeats to UCD and Drogheda United in the last week. 

Kilduff's temporary departure could pave the way for Rovers to move for another striker with Bray Wanderers' Jason Byrne and free agent Eamon Zayed linked with a move to Tallaght Stadium. 

City boss Tommy Dunne said: "I’m delighted to bring a player of Ciarán’s quality. He’s been in the league for a while and he is renowned for scoring goals.

"We need a bit more mobility and physicality up front and he gives us that. He’s a fit lad and we are hoping that he will bring some badly needed goals to the side, because we have not been scoring enough goals.

"He wants to play; he’s hungry and he’s ready, so I know that he will definitely enhance our group."