Cork City sign Denis Behan

The striker has returned to the Leesiders having lined out for Hartlepool and Limerick in the past four years away from Turners Cross
Cork City have announced the signing of striker Denis Behan for the 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season.

Tralee-born Behan had been previously on the books at Turners Cross from 2002 to 2009, playing 171 league games for the Leesiders and adding 31 goals, helping them lift the legaue title in 2005 and the FAI Cup in 2007. Since then, the 29-year-old attacker has spent time with Huddersfield Town and Limerick, but jumped at the chance to return to Cork City.

Speaking to the club's official website, Behan expressed his happiness at returning to Turners Cross. "I’m delighted to be back at the club," Behan said. "Obviously I am living in Cork and running a business here, so I was very keen to play in Cork. I had actually agreed to join College Corinthians, but then the opportunity to return to City came, and I would like to thank everyone at Corinthians for their understanding and for being so accommodating.

"I know most of the players, many of whom I played with, and am well aware of how things have been going at the club since I left to go to England, and have kept in touch with many of them. I came in to train with the squad for a week and I was impressed by the set-up. The training has been very good, and the facilities at UCC and in Mayfield are very impressive as well, so the set-up at the club was very attractive.

"The lads have looked really sharp in training, you can see that they have been following the programmes Tommy [Dunne, Cork City manager] gave them and it has done them the world of good. I think a good start will do a lot to determine how the year will go for us and I hope that my experience can help."

Manager Tommy Dunne praised his new signing ahead of the 2013 season. "I get the impression with Denis that he feels he has unfinished business at Cork City," Dunne said. "When he left for England he was still learning his trade, and I think the couple of years in England will have helped him on that front. He expressed a keen interest in coming back to the club; he has a bit of work to do to get himself right but he is prepared to put in the time and the effort and I think he will bring something different to the group. He brings physicality and if we get him fit and right, then I think he will have something to offer the team.

"I know a lot of the lads know him too and they will know how he plays, so he should be able to settle in quickly. He is still only 29, so there is an opportunity here for him and he wants to take it. We will give him every help we can to fulfil the potential that he has to do better than maybe he has over the last couple of years. He needs to work hard over next four to five weeks and I hope he will be ready for the start of the season."