John O'Sullivan set to swap Bohemians for Europe-bound Shelbourne
Shelbourne’s rebuild ahead of their first season back in Europe is set to continue with the addition of midfielder John O’Sullivan from cross-city rivals Bohemians.
The 30-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Carlisle United man is set to pen a deal with Damien Duff’s Reds after negotiating an exit from Dalymount Park.
Dubliner O’Sullivan had a year to run on his contract with the Gypsies after joining from Accrington Stanley last summer.
But extratime.com understands that he has instead opted to move across the city to Tolka Park for the 2024 season.
There he will link up with ex-Boh Dean Williams as well as fellow new arrivals Seán Gannon from Shamrock Rovers and Lorcan Healy from UCD.
O’Sullivan is set to pen a new deal this week as Shels head into the Europa Conference League qualifiers in July.
It is their first time in Europe since 2006, when they bowed out of the Champions League preliminaries to Romanian champs Steaua Bucharest.
O’Sullivan was a second-half substitute in Bohs’ 3-1 FAI Cup final defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, his errant pass for Jordan Flores inadvertently leading to the Saints’ deciding goal.
That defeat denied Bohemians a place in Europe and secured fourth-placed Shels their spot in continental football for the first time in nearly two decades.