BILLY DENNEHY could be set to leave Leeside after Cork City manager, John Caulfield, announced that the former Tralee Dynamos player is free to “explore other options”.
Caulfield, broke the news this morning on Cork City based radio station, Red FM.
Billy Dennehy set for Cork City exit; John Caulfield says winger free to explore other options – interview with JC http://t.co/MHV8Hzq5NT
— Cork’s RedFM Sport (@BigRedBench) July 7, 2015
Last Thursday night, the 28-year-old was involved in a scuffle with teammate Mark O’Sullivan while City played out a 1-1 draw with KR Reykjavik in the first round Europa League qualifiers.
Dennehy and O’Sullivan had to be separated by Billy’s brother Darren. The 28-year-old has been left out of the squad that will travel to Iceland for the second leg on Thursday night.
Brother Darren will also not travel to Reykjavik as he has been ruled out because of a groin injury.
Speaking to Red FM, John Caulfield said the decision to move Dennehy was not related to the incident with Mark O’Sullivan.
“No, the bottom line for me as the manager is I have to do what I believe is right for the club moving forward,” said Caulfield.
Meanwhile, Cork City, have signed winger Steven Beattie from Sligo Rovers set to be a direct replacement for Dennehy.
This comes as a bit of a shock for a player who has been one of City’s key player’s in his two seasons at the club.
Two months ago, Dennehy, made headlines when he knocked in an impressive hat-trick against Drogheda in Turners Cross. The decision to ship out Dennehy has come as a shock to many as he is Cork City’s top scorer this season.
We’re a midtable team without Billy Dennehy. He wins us game after game #ccfc84
— Peter O’Keeffe (@peterok13) July 7, 2015
This had better not be related to the thing with O’Sullivan on Thursday. Dennehy wasn’t the instigator and is much less replaceable
— Colm Shanahan (@colmshan1990) July 7, 2015
Billy Dennehy on a free would be a decent signing for any club in the LOI … Wonder what the row was about
— Cramer (@rosscra47) July 7, 2015
@CorkCityFC please don’t let dennehy go. He’s one of our best players
— Daniel O’Regan (@Daniel_O_Regan) July 7, 2015