Hoops line up Josh Honohan for new campaign

Josh Honohan (right) with Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley

Josh Honohan (right) with Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley Credit: Shamrock Rovers FC

Having confirmed the re-signings of Jack Byrne, Rory Gaffney and Leon Pohls following the end of the season, Shamrock Rovers announced today their first new signing with Cork City’s Josh Honohan joining the 21 time champions.

The versatile defender can play right across the back – something that the Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley says will help his team.

“We’ve watched Josh for some time and we’ve really liked him, monitored him for a number of months and we started conversations a while back,” said Bradley speaking with shamrockrovers.ie.

"Josh can play anywhere, he’s a sort of Liam Scales type player in that he can play wing back or centre back. He can use both feet naturally which helps as well.

"So, he’s very comfortable playing as wing back or centre back. We’ll mould him into what we see as his best position as time goes.  But as I say, Josh is one we’ve liked for quite some time.”

The 22-year-old will further lower the age profile of the squad with Alan Mannus (41), Ronan Finn (35) and Sean Gannon (32) all confirmed departs from the club.

“Josh is one who fits our profile of what we’re looking for, we think he has a really high ceiling and we feel that we can help him reach that. He’s got really good attributes, we feel he can only improve by coming to Rovers. So we’ll help him and he’ll help us."

Honohan moved to Cork City's academy from Carrigaline United in 2018, played at u17 and u19 level with City before signing a pro contract. In the Leesiders’ 2022 season when they won the First Division he scored two goals in 17 league appearances.

The past year he started 32 of City's 36 league games in a campaign that ended in relegation after they lost a play-off with Waterford.