Cork City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Shane Griffin.
The 22-year-old defender has returned home to Leeside, after a number of years with Reading, and has signed a two-year contract with the club.
Griffin has been capped by the Republic of Ireland up to Under 21 level and speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, the former Carrigaline United player said: “I first heard of Cork City’s interest last week and, as soon as I heard it, I was buzzing to get going. Now that I’m here, I’m delighted to have signed.”
“I would have played with John Kavanagh and Garry Buckley at schoolboy level, and also with Kevin O’Connor and Seanie Maguire on international duty. Speaking to the lads before I signed, they all gave me good reviews and said it is a great set-up here; how well they are looked after, how good training is, so it was an easy choice.”
“Everyone is hungry to do well and hungry to get better. It’s also a competitive squad, it’s not just eleven players, I think everyone is good enough and everyone is hungry to play. The first aim for me is to get in the team. For the squad, we want to go one better than last year and hopefully win the league.”
City boss John Caulfield gave his reaction to the signing, saying: “We are delighted. Shane is a local lad, 22 years of age and can play across the back four. He is very athletic, very good on the ball, has a great left peg and is the type of player we have been trying to bring into the club over the last year and a half.”
“Shane had done really well at Reading but a change of manager had set him back a bit, so he is coming again now and he is here for two years at a great age. He has been capped all the way through underage level; he has tremendous potential and it is up to us to get the best out of him. It is up to him to establish himself in the first team, he has a great attitude and we are looking forward to working with him. We have a strong core of Cork lads here and it is great to bring another local lad in.”