City sign Celtic midfielder on loan

Cork City have announced the loan signing of Barry Coffey from Celtic.

The Republic of Ireland international, who plays in midfield, goes straight into the squad for the clash with UCD at Turner’s Cross on Friday.

The 20 year old signed for the Hoops three years ago, and has played in the reserves.

The Tipperary native has also spent time at Cliftonville on loan.

Speaking on the announcement, Coffey said “I am very excited to be here. I know Colin (Healy) well from the Irish set-up and that played a big part in me wanting to come to Cork City.

“It’s a massive club and I know myself where this club belongs, so I want to play my part in trying to get the club back to where it should be.

“Coming here to get first team football and gain experience will help my career, and I hope I can play well and help Cork City as well while I am here. I like to get on the ball, get into attacking positions and get goals and assists, so I will give everything I can and hope I can help the team.”

City boss Colin Healy meanwhile is delighted to have brought Coffey into the squad.

“I am very pleased to have Barry joining us for the rest of the season. He’s a player I know well from the international set-up and I believe he will add quality to our group.

“We have been working hard over the last few weeks to identify players that we feel can add to the lads who are already here and I think Barry fits that bill.”

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