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Sean Maguire Leaves Cork City With Heartwarming Goodbye To Supporters

Sean Maguire Leaves Cork City With Heartwarming Goodbye To Supporters

Sean Maguire makes the trip across the water to begin the next chapter of his career at Preston North End, but he hasn't forgotten about the supporters he is leaving behind.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division top scorer joins Alex Neil's side this month and the 23-year-old took the time to bid goodbye to Cork City on Sunday morning.

In a statement released on Twitter, Maguire thanked the supporters for their backing and well wishes.

Firstly I would like to thank Cork City and everyone involved with the club to be given the opportunity to play with such an amazing club that has made me feel like home.

I've made so many memories that will live with me forever, from winning the FAI Cup to scoring a hat-trick in front of the Shed End in the Europa League.

And to the fans, I can't put into words how good you've been to me the past 18 months! It's been so hard to hold in my emotions the past few games.

I've been so overwhelmed with the reception I've received from you's all. Thanks for everything. Cork City will always have a special place in my heart!

Now I'm really looking forward to this new challenge at Preston North End and one I'm really excited for. Appreciate all the welcoming messages. I can't wait to get going.

Thanks for everything.

Maguire has helped guide Cork City to the top of the table and 15 points clear of defending champions, Dundalk. John Caulfield's side remain unbeaten in the league after 21 games.

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Joining Maguire on the way out of Cork City is defender Kevin O'Connor, both of whom played in their final game for the club in their defeat to AEK Larnaca in the Europa League last week.

O'Connor too took to Twitter to bid farewell to the club.

I would like to thank everyone involved in Cork City FC for giving me the opportunity to play for the biggest club in Ireland.

Since day one I was welcomed with open arms and I couldn't ask for any more as it became my home away from home.

I've had the best moments of my career in Cork: my debut in Turner's Cross against Sligo Rovers, winning the cup final and those memorable European nights we enjoyed.

I want to thank the fans for everything. It's been a pleasure to play in front of the best supporters who come out in their numbers week in, week out.

For two years you supported me like one of your own. Thank you. I will be Cork's number one supporter from now on. Once the opportunity came to move to a club like Preston, it was one I couldn't turn down - an opportunity I'm looking forward to since it was announced.

I have been taken aback with messages. It's a new beginning and one I can't wait to start. Thank you again.

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