Airticity League Champions Cork City have confirmed the signing of Irish international defender Damien Delaney.
Delaney, who was a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace this month, rejoins the club after a successful spell in England.
The 36-year old has joined John Caulfield’s men until the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, as Cork City bid to retain their Airtricity League title this season.
The Cork native, has been capped 9 times for his country and had a successful six seasons at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace.
Delaney will begin training with his new club this week and will be eligible to play from July 1st once international clearance has been received.
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Speaking shortly after signing, he told CorkCityFC.ie: “Excited would be the word. I am really excited by what Cork City are doing and the direction the club is going in. Speaking to John, he is obviously very enthusiastic, I know he does things the right way and is driving forward, so that is something I want to be part of.”
“I always watched from a distance, to see the results on a Friday night. Doing the double last year was a great achievement and I am looking forward to being part of something that is moving forward. Rather than stagnating or going to a club for the sake of it… I think this club is really going forward and I want to be part of it, that’s why I chose to come here.”
“Playing in Europe was part of the draw for me. It will be nice to play Champions League football! It is all part of this club moving forward and that is what I want to be here for. Hopefully there will be some good nights at Turner’s Cross for the fans and for the club in general.”
“The crowds that City have been getting have been fantastic. The support has been brilliant, home and away from what I have seen, and I am looking forward to running out at Turner’s Cross again; it has been a long, long time.”
Cork manager John Caulfield has also welcomed the signing of the experienced Delaney commenting: “It is fantastic news. Damien indicated a long time ago that he would love to come back and play his last number of years with the club.”
“He has so much experience to pass on to the younger lads, he is an all-round quality guy and to have him coming into our dressing room is fantastic. He is over the moon to be coming in and so are we, as we feel he will be a phenomenal addition to the club.”
Delaney will be officially unveiled as a Cork City player at the club’s weekly press conference next Tuesday, ahead of Cork’s home game against Bohemians.