Dooley departs double winners Cork City

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS. between the stripes logo

Double winners Cork City have been dealt a blow this evening with the departure of winger, Stephen Dooley. Twenty-six-year-old Dooley has opted for a return to former club Coleraine, with City boss John Caulfield expressing his disappointment upon losing the services of the talented winger, who had previously expressed a desire to move closer to his native Limavady. 

Speaking to, Caulfield had the following to say on Dooley's decision to cut ties with Cork City Football Club:

“We are disappointed that Dooley is moving on but, at the same time, I was aware over the last few months that he had expressed an interest in moving closer to home.” 

“We wish him well, he was a vital part of the team and had two fantastic seasons here. He leaves with an FAI Cup & a double winning season behind him. We’re disappointed that he is leaving, but he has given us two fantastic seasons. We wish him all the best.”

Despite the loss of Dooley, Caulfield was eager to express the array of talent still available  to him in the Turners Cross dressing room.

“We obviously brought Kieran Sadlier in during last season, while Karl Sheppard, Steven Beattie and Jimmy Keohane have all signed back as well, so we do have options in wide areas despite Dools moving on.” 

Again, despite the initial disappointment sure to be felt by supporters on Leeside following Dooley's decision to move on to pastures new, or old in this case, the former Derry City wide-man was quick to sing the praises of his old side when speaking to

“The last two years have been the best of my career and I can only thank each and every person who has helped us achieve what we have. I have never played in anything like a packed out Turners Cross.” 

“Winning the double this year was everything the club and fans deserved and I wish nothing but good times and success in the future. Always know that - ‘Champions of Ireland, We Know What We Are’.

In another interesting turn of events at the home of the champions tonight, John Caulfield has revealed to the official club website that he is eager to retain the services of club captain, John Dunleavy. However, Caulfield did admit that injury issues are a concern for the club who will continue to monitor the full-backs progress ahead of the new campaign.

“We want Dunleavy to stay and he wants to stay and it’s just a question of his fitness and when he will be able to make a comeback. He will miss the start of the season in mid-February and it could be April before he can play again for the club.”

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