Cork City have confirmed the signing of striker Anthony Elding for the 2014 League of Ireland season.
The forward was instrumental in helping Sligo Rovers lift the FAI Cup title, bagging the stoppage time winner in the 3-2 final victory over Drogheda United, and also impressed with his performances in the Airtricity Premier Division.
Cork City manager John Caulfield was delighted with the signing, as Elding adds the Turners Cross side to a playing career which already includes Preston, Grimsby Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Ferencvaros. "Anthony scored 19 goals last year and while people will remember him for the winning goal in the FAI Cup final, I remember him getting lots of great goals in the league throughout the season,” Caulfield told the club's official website.
“He’s a big target man. Again, it’s showing the club’s intentions of being competitive and being up near the top. We want to win things and every time I spoke to him, it was clear that he wanted to come to the club. He’s a winner, and he’s the type of player we’re looking for."
Caulfield also spoke of how the 31-year-old former England C international was impressed with the setup at Turners Cross. “When I first contacted him, we seemed to strike a bond straight away. He came down to Cork and saw the facilities, the UCC Mardyke, the training ground and he knows Turners Cross," Caulfield said."He could see the potential and he bought into that. I enjoyed his enthusiasm; he promised me that he would score loads of goals and I expect him to do just that."
Elding is Cork City's second signing in as many days after bringing in midfielder Darren Murphy on Friday.