Cork City today have confirmed that Kevin O’Connor will join Championship side Preston North End.
The left- back will join team mate Sean Maguire at Deepdale and will also be staying at Cork City until the end of July.
The fee was undisclosed.
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) June 30, 2017
Speaking to the Cork City FC website, manager John Caulfield said, “While we never want a player to move on during the season, it shows how far the club has come and it is a fantastic deal for Kevin which puts him at a higher level. It also increases his chances of coming into the reckoning for an international call-up as well.”
“Over last two and a half years, our supporters can see how Kevin has developed in the team and how he has progressed. While he has had other opportunities to move previously, he saw the bigger picture and waited for the right move. When and if players move on, we want it to be to a higher level, both financially and football-wise.”
“With Kevin going, it now opens the opportunity for other players in the squad to stake a claim and that is great in a competitive squad like ours. Kevin is typical of the kind of player that we love at this club; he is hard-working, dedicated and does everything every day to be the best he can. He has taken the opportunities in front of him to put himself in this position, and that is something we admire as a club. The opportunity is there at this club for all players to get into the first team and be the best they can be.”