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Cork City sign striker Michael Howard on loan from Preston North End

Cork City have announced the signing of 18 year old striker Michael Howard from Preston North End until June.

Speaking to, the striker said: “When I was first told that Cork City were interested, I was kind of shocked, but I couldn’t wait to get on the flight. I think it is a great opportunity for me.”

Michael Howard has signed for the Champions on loan

“I want to make my mark and make a name for myself over here if I can. As a young player, I want to make an impression at Cork City and, obviously, to Preston as well for when I go back there.”

Cork City manager John Caulfield commented on Howard’s signing, saying: “Michael is very highly rated by Preston and we have spoken to them in the last few days about him coming in. He is very quick and a good finisher, he can play at centre forward and on the wing, so we are very happy to bring him in until the break.”

“He is still only 18 but we have watched him, and he has huge potential, so I think he will be an exciting player. He will certainly figure in games during the first half of the season and he comes straight into the squad for Friday’s game.”

“It’s a good deal for us, he’s coming in on loan and it’s good to get a player with a lot of potential. He did really well in training this morning. We have to be careful with him because of his age, but he looks a really exciting prospect.”

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