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    Cork City will need a lot of the UK loan contingent to work out because the current squad looks poorly equipped for a relegation battle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezeikial View Post
    Cork City will need a lot of the UK loan contingent to work out because the current squad looks poorly equipped for a relegation battle
    We are hoping that a lot of the lads we have signed although not household names will come good.
    That plus some of the expected UK lads we hope will see us out of trouble.
    If that doesn't work we could find trouble but we are where we are so we'll just have to deal with it.
    Its no ones fault but our own.

    We have a young & energetic Board of Management & we feel we are on the right track.
    They are highly qualified in their own fields so we are unlikely to make the same mistakes again.
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    The Cork squad does look very weak to me, with the huge turnover seems those incoming will struggle as wonít have the experience of playing at decent PD level. I wouldnít see them finishing any higher than 8th again, as Waterford and also Shels look a lot stronger.

    It reminds me of the squad that McCaffrey assembled for Dundalk in 2012, that ended up in relegation play-off win, but we should have been auto Ė relegated, we were that bad, only due to Mons pulling out we didnít. There were some awful hammerings that season, this could be a tough year ahead for Cork, seems a long way now from the 2017 double winning season, things change very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Year Contract View Post
    So basically youíre saying you have no hope at all?
    If that's a pop at Byrne, I think he's a superb player. Do we have a hope of winning something? No. Do we have a chance of consolidating and building? Absolutely, but there's a lot of unknowns. There's shades of Bohs from a couple of seasons ago, but also Dundalk 2012 as mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Escobar View Post
    If that's a pop at Byrne, I think he's a superb player. Do we have a hope of winning something? No. Do we have a chance of consolidating and building? Absolutely, but there's a lot of unknowns. There's shades of Bohs from a couple of seasons ago, but also Dundalk 2012 as mentioned.
    No nothing against him as a player, itís just a massive stretch to expect a young lad coming out of 19s football to become one of the best players in the league but by all means if heís anywhere close to being in the team of the season Iíll hold my hands up

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    Raff Cretaro back with Harps

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    Fenn's football could be boom or bust, the young lads coming through will prob like the football but a few bad results, confidence collapses & they play with fear. Bohs had/have Long & Croly to keep them organised as young lads came through the last few seasons, I'm not sure that is Fenn's strength

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    Nice to keep Raff for another season, great professional
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    Part time Finn Harps too :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Year Contract View Post
    No nothing against him as a player, it’s just a massive stretch to expect a young lad coming out of 19s football to become one of the best players in the league but by all means if he’s anywhere close to being in the team of the season I’ll hold my hands up
    Alex Byrne will be 21 this summer. He graduated from U19 football a couple of years back, made his debut back in 2017 but injuries have halted his progress. I don't expect him to be in the team of the season but he could still be a key performer for us.

    I am worried about our prospects in general though.

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    With no obvious whipping boys like in previous seasons it will be nervy for anyone who makes a slow start. Harps are battle hardened, Shels have a decent squad and on the upward trend confidence wise. Will be a worry for Waterford imo, Sligo have beaten the home hoodoo are in good shape. Derry massively better since Devine came back. Cork could be in a battle unless Fenn has unearthed some gems and really is a top manager in the making. Its not that Cork are poor as much as there just seems to be more about teams that have struggled last season and the promoted team on paper looks better equiped to consolidate. 2 from the 3 of Waterford, Harps and Cork are in for a tough year. Maybe a league restructure for 2021 might save someone...

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    Waterford have signed some interesting players for them but only 6/7 first teamers with a few kids thrown in, how they fill out the rest of their squad will give a big indication of their season ahead. Sligo probably will be ok but they need Murray to avoid getting suspended if they are to replace Parkes goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disgruntled View Post
    We are hoping that a lot of the lads we have signed although not household names will come good.
    That plus some of the expected UK lads we hope will see us out of trouble.
    If that doesn't work we could find trouble but we are where we are so we'll just have to deal with it.
    Its no ones fault but our own.

    We have a young & energetic Board of Management & we feel we are on the right track.
    They are highly qualified in their own fields so we are unlikely to make the same mistakes again.
    (famous last words)
    With JOB gone from the Dail altogether would he go back to FORAS?
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    Harps sign Kosovar Sadiki on loan from Hibs he's a center half

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    Town have signed Joe Gorman, most recently with Cliftonville but formerly of Drogs and Bray apparently. And several other clubs in Scotland and England, he seems to have had a good few clubs for a 25 year old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfordian View Post
    Town have signed Joe Gorman, most recently with Cliftonville but formerly of Drogs and Bray apparently. And several other clubs in Scotland and England, he seems to have had a good few clubs for a 25 year old.
    For a moment I thought it was Joe Gormley, what a signing that could have been - Rovers would have done their nut if they'd missed out there!!
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    Joe the goal .....sigh 😍

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    Is there much that say Joe would score at anything like the same rate in the LOI?

    Michael McCrudden for example was that leagues top scorer before signing for Derry and with the caveat that he had a few months out injured shortly after signing he simply never looked good enough. Similarly Darren McCauley I believe considered one of the best players in the IL for Coleraine was absolutely nowhere near good enough.

    I am genuinely asking btw, Iíve probably never actually seen the man play.

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    You might not win anything with kids but you have to survive within your financial resources and hopefully some of them will come through. Wish them all the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinho II View Post
    With JOB gone from the Dail altogether would he go back to FORAS?
    I don't know what he has planned for his future. It is said that he is going to do a law degree but have no idea if he plans to do anything in football.

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    Joe 'The Goal' Gormley in the news again as Cliftonville reject a reported stg£60k (€71k) offer from Glentoran. A similar offer is reported for Adam Lecky of Ballymena

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51223724

    Could Shamrock Rovers dive in with a bigger offer for either player to try to resolve their hat stand dilemma?

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