Cork City have signed former Scotland under-21 international striker Keigan Parker for the rest of the 2012 Airtricity Premier Division campaign
The experienced centre forward joins Tommy Dunne’s side after a successful trial with the Leesiders last month. Parker has over 400 career appearances to his name, spanning over a fourteen year period.
The 30 year old started his professional career with St. Johnstone where he made over 100 appearances before moving to England and joining Blackpool. In 2007, Parker scored the Tangerine’s second goal in the League One Play-off final but since leaving Bloomfield Road five years ago, he has been at ten different clubs in both Scotland and England.
The former Scottish U21 international completed the paper work on Monday afternoon at Cork’s training base in Bishopstown and Parker admitted he was relishing the new challenge. “I’m very pleased to have signed for the club. I have always wanted to play in another country, so I am looking forward to it," Parker told the club's official website.
"I have signed until the end of the season, and I have heard a lot of good things about the club, it’s fanbase and also the training here. I’ve had a look at the league table and it looks quite close, so I don’t think there is anything to stop us climbing up the table and hopefully challenging for the top three or four.”
The deal is the latest in what has been a busy transfer period for City boss Tommy Dunne. Parker becomes the third arrival after Brian Lenihan moved from College Corinthians last week and central midfielder Graham McCarthy also made the switch from Avondale.
Cork boss Dunne feels his latest arrival will have a lot to offer and bring much needed experience to his side for the second half of the campaign. “We will have a look at him in training and hopefully he will be available for the game against Sligo on Sunday," Dunne said.
"When he came in on trial he did well, he looks like he is capable of scoring goals. He is probably a different type of striker to what we have had previously, and he also has a lot of experience and I think he has a lot to offer to us.”