Captain QuirkeDate: 26 July 2019 at 17:01 by Liam Cook
Coventry United are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Michael Quirke, and his appointment as club captain for the forthcoming season.
The centre-back, who can also play across the backline and in defensive midfield, arrives from local rivals Coventry Sphinx, following 72 appearances and 4 goals across his two season stint at Sphinx Drive. Michael is a player United management have been keeping tabs on for a while, and now with his name signed on the dotted line and the armband in his possession, a key member of our defence and squad is now in place. Dominik Alleyne will continue in his role as Vice-Captain.
Many locals will know Quirke from his time with Coventry City. He made several First Team appearances for the Sky Blues at the end of the 2010/11 season, originally playing as a goalkeeper. During his tenure at City, he also made his solitary appearance for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s. Following his departure from the Ricoh Arena, Quirke evolved into an outfield role, and has subsequently played in defence for the likes of Bedworth, Leamington and Sphinx, scoring against United in the Coventry Derby. His arrival at the Butts Park Arena will provide strength, power, aerial dominance and a no nonsense attitude to our side. His debut will have to wait however, as he is currently sidelined with a foot injury. A return in September is likely.
Terry Anderson, Coventry United manager, provides his thoughts on sealing his new skipper - “Quirkey was one of our main targets over the summer, so we are delighted to have got our man. Strengthening defensively was vital for us, getting him in will be a huge boost to the team. He’s a natural winner with invaluable experience, and a leader on the pitch, hence why we have given him the armband. He is as vocal as they come and he organizes a team from back to front, something that we have missing for a while. With the experience and qualities he brings, it was an easy decision to make him captain this season. While we are as excited as the fans so see him in action, sadly we will have to wait until he’s fit and ready to go before we see him in action, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait”
We’d like to welcome Michael to Coventry United and we hope you will all give him the warmest of welcomes.