Aaron makes move to the cham­pi­ons

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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