Cork City have confirmed the double signing of defenders Rob Slevin and Charlie Fleming on one-year deals.
Slevin spent the end of last season at Waterford – and he spoke of his delight upon signing for his hometown club; “Obviously I’m delighted. I’m from Carrigaline, so I’ve grown up watching Cork City and I’m delighted to sign.
“I know a good few of the current squad – I played with Alec Byrne all the way up with Carrigaline, and I know a few of the lads, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Also joining the Leesiders is Charlie Fleming. Fleming spent the previous five years at Cobh Ramblers.
“I’m delighted, it’s a big opportunity for myself. I’ve been at Cobh now for 5 years, so I feel like it’s the next step up.
“The way the club is going next year, Neale is looking for young and hungry players, and that’s exactly what I am.
“I’ve played with most of the squad before, so I won’t be going into a completely different dressing room,
“I’d be familiar with all of the faces. Once Neale rang me, I knew this was the place I wanted to be, so I’m delighted to sign.”
And manager Neale Fenn said of the deals; “He’s (Rob Slevin) a local boy. Joe (Gamble) would’ve worked with him towards the end of the season at Waterford and earmarked him as a defender that we wanted to get in, so it’s exciting for us that he’s decided to come.
“He’s a big boy, he’s solid and he loves defending, He can play left sided centre back or left back and he’s also good on the ball which is something that we’re looking for in a player.
“I would have seen him (Charlie Fleming) play against us a few times at my previous club, and he really caught my eye.
“He’s fit, athletic, wants to get forward. He’s a solid defender and a good bright lad so I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“He’s played nearly 90 games at first team level which is amazing for someone so young, and he’ll be able to pass on that experience to some of the younger players but also gain more experience playing in the Premier Division.”