Now it’s Kav’s time to shine
JOHN CAULFIELD is backing John Kavanagh to make a proper breakthrough at Cork City next term after returning from injury and loan spells away.
Full-back Kavanagh spent most of season on loan to Waterford and to Finn Harps.
“I think this is like a new signing for us,” said City boss Caulfield, who has lost former club captain Johnny Dunleavy to Sligo Rovers.
“Kav has had a horrendous number of years, but last season was significant for him. He played on loan with Waterford and Finn Harps and he trained regularly with us here as well.
“He has overcome his injuries, he is in brilliant condition.
“Some players would have walked away, but he has shown dedication and a great attitude, and he has come through it. I think the supporters will see that he is the John Kavanagh of old, but probably with a wiser head!
“He has 30 games under his belt from last season and has come through that with flying colours.
“Mentally, he has overcome the injury and hasn’t broken down, so I think he is over it and we are looking forward to him hitting the ground running.”
Kavanagh, 24, came through the club’s academy system and is a former underage international.
“I can’t wait to get going, I am really looking forward to it,” he admitted. “I feel as though I am in a really good position to come in, compete and stake a claim.
“I think I needed to play Premier Division football last year, for myself, just to know that I can do it, and I think I proved that.
“There will be competition for places and it is no different here, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”