Having made his senior international debut for Ireland less than two months ago, Callum O’Dowda has landed a transfer to the Championship.
Britsol City have today confirmed that the 21-year-old winger has moved to signed for the club on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) July 14, 2016
O’Dowda moves to Ashton Gate from League Two side Oxford United, where he made over 100 appearances since making his debut in 2013.
While the fee has not officially been disclosed, reports on Thursday suggested that the club has paid close to £1m for his services.
Speaking to the official Bristol City website, O’Dowda expressed his happiness at having joined his new club, and discussed the pressure of making the significant step up from League Two to the Championship.
Eyebrows were raised in May when O’Dowda was invited by Martin O’Neill to train with the Republic of Ireland senior squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Although he did not make the final 23-man squad, he made his debut in Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belarus in Turners Cross. He was praised for his performance on the night, and though he was never likely to be included in the final panel by O’Neill, he is earmarked for a bright future in the national setup.
O’Dowda becomes the ninth player signed by Bristol City manager Lee Johnson this summer, with Icelandic international Hörður Björgvin Magnússon completing his own transfer yesterday.
— Callum O’Dowda (@CallumODowda) July 14, 2016