Cork City re-sign Steven Beattie
Jan. 11, 2021
Cork City have confirmed the return of Steven Beattie to the club for the 2021 First Division season.
The 32-year-old won the SSE Airtricity League title and two FAI Cups with the club between 2015 and 2019 before departing for US club Chattanooga Red Wolves, who play in the third level of American soccer's pyramid.
The former Bohemians and Sligo Rovers player said his hope was to help Cork manager Colin Healy's side make a swift return to the Premier Division after relegation at the end of the 2020 season.
"I am just delighted to be back. It is obviously very different from 2016/17/18, but it is a new challenge and I am home," he told corkcityfc.ie.
"I always wanted to come back at some stage, now I am here and I want to enjoy my football again. I know Colin very well from playing with him in 2015; a great man, a brilliant coach and he did a fantastic job at the academy. I just want to get started now and try to get the club back to where it belongs.
"It's a young squad and I think that’s why Colin and Cotts wanted to bring me in, because of my experience. I followed the academy closely when I was here; a lot of those young lads are now making the step-up to the first team, and there is a real bedrock of young, Cork talent here now. If I can help those young lads in any way I can, I will do so.
"When I left I didn’t think I would get the chance to play in Turner’s Cross again, but I saw what has gone on over the last couple of years and I just really wanted to get back and play my part in getting this club back to the Premier Division. I don’t care how young or inexperienced our squad is; Colin and Cotts will get the boys ready to go."
Healy added that Beattie's versatility was a key factor in bringing him back to Turner's Cross.
"It's great to have Beats back. He has been a fantastic player for the club, won a lot of trophies and he brings a lot of experience into the dressing room," he said.
"He can play in a number of different positions; he is one of those players who can play anywhere. He will give us everything he has, and those are the kind of players we want."