Notts County International Departs On Loan

Notts County have confirmed that goalkeeper Tiernan Brooks has joined Cork City on loan, according to their official website.

The 21-year-old joins the Irish side for the remainder of the Irish Premier Division season where they currently sit 9th in the table and in a relegation play-off spot.

Who is Tiernan Brooks?

The 21-year-old shot-stopper first came to Notts County in 2018 and is a product of the Notts County Academy. He has enjoyed several loan spells since signing on and played his part in the first team in Notts’ play-off winning campaign last season, where he made four appearances.

Last season, he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Hednesford in the first half of the season, before jumping up to Boston United for the remainder of the campaign where he made three appearances for The Pilgrims.

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper is tipped to be the future number one for the Magpies but for now, takes up the number one shirt for Cork City, who have conceded the second most amount of goals in the Irish Premier Division.

Cork City & Notts County

Cork City currently sit second bottom of the Irish Premier Division in a relegation play-off place, however, only sitting two points behind 8th place Drogheda United, Brooks joins to try and do his part in pushing the club further up the table.

Notts County come into the new season off the back of a record-breaking season where they finished runners-up in the National League, before beating Chesterfield on penalties in the play-off final.

Notts are expected to be pushing again for play-off positions in the new season, which has been emphasised by the business done in the transfer market so far by signing the likes of forward David McGoldrick, as well as the permanent capture of Jodi Jones.

What’s been said?

Speaking to Notts County’s official website on joining Cork City on loan, goalkeeper Brooks said: “The opportunity to go to a club at such a high level and fight for my place in the team is really exciting. 

“I’ve played at Turners Cross already and met a lot of the fans. It’s a passionate football city and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that. I think this will also be a big move for my own personal development. Experiencing a different culture will take me out of my comfort zone.

“Having been away with Ireland this summer, I feel sharp and ready to play.”

Writer’s View 

Brooks has thoroughly impressed me during his time at Notts so far and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the future number one or at least backup for County in the next year or two.

A loan spell was always on the cards for the youngster and the change of football culture and the difference in quality compared to where he has played before could be huge in his development as a player.

Notts have got a real gem in Brooks and it seems they’re doing everything right to refine that gem and make the most out of the keeper.

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