Aaron makes move to the champions
AARON Barry has called time on his four-year stint at Derry City to join Premier Division and FAI Cup champions Cork City.
Barry had been linked with a switch to Turner’s Cross in 2017 but injury scuppered that.
The 24-year old has penned a two-year deal and he is eagerly anticipating the new challenges that will face him with the Munster club.
“I am delighted to sign for Cork City. I am coming into a winning environment and John’s signings are all of the same ilk; they are players who are at a good age and are hungry for success, and I fall into that bracket too.”
“The winning mentality at the club has impressed me. There’s experience, there are leaders, there is youth, there is a bit of everything in the squad but, more than anything, it is about that winning mentality. I want to come in, fight for my place and play as many games as possible. I want to win something here.”
City boss John Caulfield is said to be a long-term admirer of the Arklow man and he feels that Barry’s best years will be spent at the Rebel County.
“Aaron has a lot of experience in our league, he has been with Derry for the last four seasons. He is a left-sided centre back, he is very good on the ball and strong in the air. With Ryan Delaney going back to Burton, we needed to bring in another defender.”
“He has been a tremendous player, playing week-in, week-out for the last four seasons. He is coming to us at a prime age, so his strengths tick all the boxes for us. Alan Bennett brings massive experience to the side, but Aaron brings a lot of experience with him as well. He is at a good age, he has a great attitude and he is really looking forward to it.”
Aaron Barry in action for Derry City.