FORMER West Cork Schoolboys League star Connor Ellis, from Kealkil, has signed his first professional contract with Cork City.
‘I’m delighted I joined the club when I was 16 and this was always my aim. I’ve had a great few years with the U19s and hopefully this is just the start. I just want to keep working hard and, hopefully, get into John’s plans,’ a thrilled Connor said.
Ellis played his schoolboy football with his local club Bantry Bay Rovers, who are regular visitors to Turner’s Cross, and he said he hopes that more players from the area will follow the same path.
‘It shows the kids in West Cork, who sometimes think that the city lads are miles ahead, that there is a great chance for anyone if they work hard enough,’ Ellis said.
Cork boss John Caulfield commented: 'It’s great for Connor. He has been with our U19s for three years, having coming up through the ranks with Bantry Bay Rovers. He’s been prolific in the U19 league and is still playing for the 19s, but we have had him in training since he did his Leaving Cert. He has fantastic potential, pace and can score goals and it is a great opportunity for him to move into professional football and see can he make the step up.
Delighted to sign my first professional contract with @CorkCityFC hard work starts now â½ï¸