Between the Stripes daily transfer update 10/11/17
While double-winners Cork City have already pulled off some of the biggest moves of the transfer season so far, today's announcement that St.Patrick's Athletic striker Josh O'Hanlon is to join the champions has certainly raised plenty of eyebrows. Gasps of surprise were loudest heard coming from supporters of O'Hanlon's former club Longford, who had the former Bournemouth striker on loan in the Midlands as recently as 2016. Relegated that season, O'Hanlon failed to rediscover the sort of form that had earned him a big money move from "De Town" to Eddie Howe's "Cherries" in 2013. Unimpressed with his former prodigy's efforts, then Town boss Tony Cousins failed to extend O'Hanlon's loan beyond the mid-way point of that now infamous season at City Calling Stadium with the centre-forward instantly released upon arrival back at the Vitality Stadium.
After a couple of months break following his release, O'Hanlon rocked up at Newport County who were bottom of the English Football League at his time of arrival in November 2016. After ten appearances and no goals to his credit O'Hanlon was released yet again.
A return to his native Dublin was next on the twenty-two-year-old's radar as a successful trial at St Patrick's Athletic saw O'Hanlon put pen to paper on a contract with the Inchicore club just three days before the first game of the season at home to Bray Wanderers.
Appearing twenty-times for Liam Buckley's men in 2017, "Saints" fans will fondly recall O'Hanlon's goal against Shamrock Rovers earlier this season in a crucial Dublin derby as the Richmond Park outfit narrowly avoided relegation to the second tier in a poor season.
Despite scoring just 17 competitive goals in 83 career appearances, City boss John Caulfield spoke of the potential within his new signing earlier today:
“Josh has tremendous potential. He went to Bournemouth when he was 17, came back on loan to Longford and did really well there; he actually caused us quite a few problems in some games we played against Longford at the time.”
“He is 22, big, strong, mobile and very quick. He is really looking forward to coming down to Cork and we are looking forward to having him. He has a lot of talent and it is up to us to see can we release that talent.” (Quotes via @corkcityfcnews)
With the likes of Ronan Murray and Ishmail Akinade still being linked with high-profile moves of their own to Turners Cross it remains to be seen whether Josh O'Hanlon will see more league minutes than he did in his most recent LOI spells with Longford Town and St.Patrick's Athletic. However, the amount of games Cork City will face thanks to domestic and European duties should at least allow the youngster a taste of top-level football again in Ireland.
Elsewhere today, Greg Moorhouse has re-signed for Ger Lyttle's Sligo Rovers side who also narrowly avoided relegation in 2017. The former Glenavon striker impressed at the Showgrounds following his mid-season arrival from the Irish Premiership. "Bit O'Red" fans will now be hoping to pair Moorhouse with the aforementioned Ronan Murray who looks to have favored a move locally to Sligo as opposed to Munster based Cork City. However, as we seen with Karl Sheppard's dramatic u-turn, nothing is certain at this time of the year in the LOI!