Birmingham City recall Joe Redmond from Cork City loan while Corey O'Keeffe is released

Fri, May 22 2020

Joe Redmond Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

English Championship outfit Birmingham City have confirmed that they have recalled defender Joe Redmond following his recent loan spell with Cork City.

The Tallaght native joined the Leesiders in January on a short-term loan, where he played five games for Neale Fenn’s side.

While at Turners Cross, Redmond won once – helping the Munster outfit to their first win of the season over Finn Harps.

However, Birmingham have also confirmed that former Republic of Ireland underage full-back Corey O’Keefe has been released by the club after a loan with Macclesfield Town.

O'Keeffe played six matches for the Republic of Ireland U17 in qualification for the 2015 UEFA Under-17 Championship, scoring once, and started two matches in the tournament proper as his country were eliminated at the group stage.

He also played two Ireland under-18 friendlies, against the Czech Republic in November 2015 and England in March 2016 and played alongside then Birmingham teammate Ronan Hale in a 2–2 draw with Germany in May. 

He appeared in both of Ireland under-19s' friendlies against Austria in September, captaining the side in the second match and played in two of their three 2017 UEFA Under-19 qualifying round matches in October.

The following March, he played in all three of their elite round matches; Ireland finished second in their group so failed to qualify.