Shelbourne sign Kevin O'Connor

Sat, Dec 12 2020

Shelbourne announced the signing of former Preston North End, Cork City and Waterford player Kevin O’Connor. 

The full back, who can also slot into midfield, also played at under-17 and under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland. 

The Wexford local began his League of Ireland career as a teenager with Waterford United. There he won a Munster Senior Cup before moving to Cork City in 2015. 

On Leeside he won the 2016 FAI Cup and a league title in 2017, while also featuring for the club in the Europa League. 

His career in England saw loan spells with Fleetwood Town and Crewe Alexandra before he came back to Ireland in 2019. 

“I heard that Ian Morris was interested and I saw that a strong squad is being assembled at the club,” O’Connor said about the move.

“Personally, speaking to him, everything was about winning and it’s going to be a tough year but that’s what we’ll aim to do.

“It’s never easy. I was in the First Division when I was younger when I was with Waterford but I’m looking forward to pushing for it now and hopefully we can have fans back. 

“I’ve enjoyed unbelievable success but this is another chance and am looking forward to getting to the challenge.”

Shels manager Ian Morris said he was thrilled to have Kevin on board for 2021: ““Kevin is a fantastic addition to our squad. 

"He has a wand of a left peg, and his use of the ball is excellent. He is a great professional and I’ve no doubt he will be great around the place.”

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