Now it’s Kav’s time to shine

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL SCULLY

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.”

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