Return to Cork for O'Flynn
CORK City have shown their seriousnes about winning the league title this season by bringing striker John O'Flynn back to Turner's Cross.
One point behind league leaders Dundalk but with a game in hand, Cork are on fire with seven straight wins, but boss John Caulfield is keen to push on in the second half of the season and has managed to secure the return of 31-year-old O'Flynn from Exeter CIty.
"It's brilliant to bring John in. Obviously we know him well from his last spell at the club, where he won a league title and an FAI Cup. He's been in England for the last six years and about a month ago he expressed an interest in coming back," says Caulfield, who made O'Flynn his second signing of the week after the earlier capture of UCD striker Cillian Morrison.
"He has a wealth of experience which our younger players can learn from, but crucially for us he gives us more options up front which is what we need. He is in the prime of his career and he is in fantastic condition.
"It's given everyone a lift. The squad can see that we are bringing in another top quality player and that shows our intentions. He has the right attitude to come into our set-up, and he has fitted into the group straight away," added Caulfield.
Former Cork player Alan Browne has been rewarded for his performances at Preston last season with a new contract.
Browne joined Preston from Cork without making a first team appearance but worked his way into the side at Preston, making a big impression as they made the playoffs.
"I am over the moon," said Browne after signing a deal which keeps him at Deepdale until 2016.
"I couldn't have asked for much more, the past six months have went brilliantly for me and hopefully I can kick on. Getting in to the team towards the end of the season and getting to play in the play-offs, the manager has shown massive belief in me and helped my confidence."