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Barry in action for Derry City. Credit: Darragh Connolly


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Aaron Barry became the latest signing for Cork City as their off-season signing spree continued.


He follows in the footsteps of Barry McNamee this season and Conor McCormack 12 months ago in swapping the Brandywell for Turner's Cross.


The 24-year-old has spent the last four seasons with Kenny Shiels/ Candystripes, turning in a number of assured performances as Derry secured European football for a second successive season.


Along with McNamee, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Colm Horgan and Josh O’Hanlon have signed for the double winners, with Alan Bennett and Karl Sheppard extending their stays on Leeside.


“I am delighted to sign for Cork City,” Barry told the Cork City website.


“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 was delighted to add another quality player to his squad for next season.


He added: “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.”