Teenage winger Cian Bargary has signed his first professional contract with Cork City.
Bargary first joined City in 2017 at under-17 level, having previously played with St. Michael’s in Tipperary at underage level.
“I am obviously delighted to sign my first professional contract,” Bargary told the club’s official website.
“It is what I always wanted. I just have to kick on now and see how far I can get.”
He progressed through the ranks with the Leesiders, moving to under-19 level, but did see his game time limited somewhat last year after suffering an injury.
“The first year, we won the league at under-17 level, so that was a really good year.
“Last year, unfortunately, I had a bad injury which knocked me out for a while, but I got back in and was able to play in the second half of the season.”
“Training has been hard and the intensity has been very high, as has the quality.
“I just want to work hard, try to get opportunities and take the chance when I get it,” Bargary explained.
Cork manager John Caulfield praised the work that Colin Healy has put into the Leesiders’ academy, and pointed out the development of Bargary, Cian Murphy and Ronan Hurley.
“Cian is another player coming through our academy, which we are really pleased to see.
“Colin and his staff in the academy have done very well bringing lads through in the last while. We see huge potential in Cian, so this is a start for him.
Caulfield pointed out that there may be a resurgence in the club’s link with players from Tipperary, with Cian Murphy another Tipp native at the club, alongside Bargary.
“He joins Cian Murphy as another Tipp lad signing with the club; historically we always had a good connection with players coming down here from Tipperary, but we lost that in recent years, so maybe this is the start of that happening again,” Caulfield explained.
“He is a wide player with a lot of pace, he likes to go past people and he is very strong.
“He came through the 17s and then progressed into the 19s, where he did well, so now he has a chance to kick on over the next year to eighteen months,” he continued.
“We can see the benefits of the structure Colin is putting into the academy; increasing the frequency and intensity of training, and that is helping players come through.
“Not only are they coming through, but they are coming through at the kind of level they need to be at to compete.
“Colin knows and understands that, and it is really positive to see Cian Bargary, Cian Murphy and Ronan Hurley coming through,” Caulfield said.