After it was announced this evening that Steven Beattie would be leaving Cork City, the fan-favourite has penned an emotional goodbye to the Turners Cross faithful.
Cork City FC can confirm that @steven5beattie has left the club. We would like to wish him all the best in the future.
"You are losing a player, but you are gaining a fan because now I’ll be a fan forever, watching from afar”
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— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) November 7, 2018
Taking to Twitter this evening, the 30-year-old who joined Cork City three years ago elabourated upon some of the initial comments he had made after the decision was announced.
"Where do I begin? Firstly I'm as devestated as everyone else after Sunday," revealed Beattie who missed out on the FAI Cup final defeat to Dundalk on Sunday afternoon.
"Knowing I won't be able to wear the Cork City jersey again really hit hard. I'm proud of every one of the lads and although we fell short, I know how hard we worked and deserved some sort of silverware to show for it."
Reflecting on the positive experiences he has had with many at the club, it is with his manager of the past three years that Beattie saved the kindest words.
"To John Caulfield I owe so much," Beattie confirmed.
"He took me down here nearly four years ago and made me a promise we would win trophies and he delivered on that promise.
"He doesn't get the respect he deserves from some people. The man is a winner, simple as that."
To the fans that revered him since joining the club, Steven Beattie was keen to mark his sadness at the departure.
"I think it's a well known fact the relationship I've had with the fans in Cork is special.
"We laugh about the Dubs coming down, but I've never been made feel as much at home than I do here. You follow us all over the country and Europe.
"The love and passion you have for this football club is second to none and I know the lads will win you more trophies in years to come.
"Thank you for your support; it's meant the absolute world to me."
A lovely reflection on his time with Cork City, you can read the full remarks of Steven Beattie below.
— Steven Beattie (@steven5beattie) November 7, 2018