Cherrie on top for the Champions
Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS. [getty src="870747836" width="594" height="396" tld="ie"]
League of Ireland champions Cork City have added Scottish goalkeeper Peter Cherrie to their ranks ahead of the 2018 season. Most recently with Bray Wanderers, the thirty-four-year-old is a highly experienced campaigner having lined out for Dundalk one-hundred-and-seventy-nine times between 2009 & 2014, while Cherrie has experience in British football with Airdrie United, Ayr and Clyde.
A member of Stephen Kenny's league winning side of 2014, Cherrie was surprisingly moved on from Oriel Park as Gary Rogers went on to firmly take hold of the number one shirt at the County Louth club right up until the present day. However, more success was to follow almost instantly for Cherrie as he picked up the Northern Irish league cup with Cliftonville before returning to the LOI with the "Seagulls" in 2015.
Eighty-one appearances later and the shot-stopper has once again decided to move on with Turners Cross the new port of call for Cherrie, who will challenge legendary City 'keeper Mark McNulty for a starting berth under manager John Caulfield.
Speaking to corkcityfc.ie, the "Rebels" boss spoke of the challenge the club had faced in finding another goalkeeper.
“We have been working very hard to add another goalkeeper to the squad and to get a guy like Peter Cherrie is great. He has a lot of experience, he has won a league with Dundalk and he has been with Bray for the last couple of years.”
Caulfield went on to stress the importance of competition for places as his side look to defend their title in 2018.
“While Mark (McNulty) has been outstanding for us, to get a top-quality keeper in who knows the league, means there is good competition for the number one position, so we are thrilled to have Peter (Cherrie) on board.”
“We have competition all over the squad; we badly wanted competition in goal as well and now we have it. Goalkeepers are in their prime when they are in their late twenties and their thirties. Peter has massive experience and he is in his prime.”
The signing of Peter Cherrie brings the total squad tally at present to twenty-one players at Cork City. The "Rebels" kick-start their season with the Presidents Cup showdown away to rivals Dundalk on February 11th, before a Premier Division opener in the Capital against St.Patrick's Athletic five days later.