Letterkenny native Cillian Morrison admits he’s ‘delighted’ to have signed for SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Cork City from UCD.
The 22-year-old penned a season-and-a-half long deal with the team managed by John Caufield and on Leeside will join Ballybofey native Johnny Dunleavy, the current club captain at Turner’s Cross.
“I’m delighted to have signed,” Morrison told Cork City’s official website. “I have been talking to John Caufield about what he is trying to do down here and it is a really exciting time for me. It’s a great opportunity, but I know it will be difficult to get into the team with the quality that is there at the moment.
“The players have all been great since I arrived and have helped me to settle in, so I am loving it at the moment. I was out for a couple of weeks before the break, so I’m trying to get back to the level of fitness I need to be at and my target is to try and get into the team.”
Morrison is the son of Seamus and Marjorie from Glebe in Letterkenny and is a recent civil engineering graduate from UCD.
As a schoolboy, he played with Ballyraine and Letterkenny & District, before making his way to Maiden City in Derry, where Everton’s Darron Gibson used to ply his trade. Morrison then signed for Derry City, playing for their U-18 and U-20 sides before joining UCD, where he has scored four times this season.
A keen Gaelic footballer, he played senior football with St Eunan’s in Letterkenny and was part of Jim McGuinness’s Donegal U-21 panel that won the 2010 Ulster championship and reached the All-Ireland final, where Morrison set up Leo McLoone’s goal in the 1-10 to 1-8 loss to Dublin.
“I am very pleased Cillian has signed,” Cork manager Caufield said. £He’s got a few goals already this season for UCD. He is another young lad with a lot of pace, a lot of ability and a great attitude, and I think he will be a great addition to our squad.
“Cillian’s signing shows the quality of players that we have in the squad is getting better all the time. He has signed for two seasons, as we are trying to build a squad over a period of time that will stay up near the top of the table and make sure that Cork City are force over the next few years.”