Cork fail to bring Healy home
CORK CITY have admitted defeat in their bid to re-sign former Ireland international Colin Healy, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
The 31-year-old spent two seasons with hometown club Cork, from 2007-2009, before Roy Keane took him to Ipswich Town, but Healy is a free agent since his contract with Ipswich was cancelled late last year.
He had held talks with current Cork boss Tommy Dunne about a possible move home, but it's likely that Healy will now sign a short-term deal in the UK after talks with Cork failed to result in a deal, though Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers could also make an attempt to sign the ex-international.
"I spoke to Colin and we were very interested in signing him," says Dunne, as Cork prepare for a return to the Premier Division following last season's First Division title success.
"But financially it just wasn't something we could do. I imagine that a few other Irish clubs might try to sign Colin." Healy made his senior debut in club football with Celtic in 1999. He also lined out for Sunderland, with loan spells at Barnsley and Livingston before joining Cork in 2007. He won the last of his 13 senior caps against Switzerland in 2003.