Shamrock Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Republic of Ireland international Joey O’Brien.
The 31-year-old former Bolton and West Ham defender becomes the latest player to sign with the Hoops for the 2018 season.
— Shamrock Rovers F.C. ?? (@ShamrockRovers) January 27, 2018
Speaking to the Shamrock Rovers website, O’Brien expressed his excitement at signing with the club he supports and is looking forward to playing in the League of Ireland:
“I’m buzzing to be here and get going. It happened over a short period of time, I made contact with the club and luckily it got over the line. I was moving back home with my family so it was a logical thing, I support Shamrock Rovers.
I’m a Rovers fan and I wanted to get playing and come back here. This is the place to be. Last season I was at Rovers games and I’ve watched them a few times.
Coming back to play in Ireland was always on the radar, even going back five or six years, if I could have played for Rovers that was always the thing. It’s worked out that way now.”
O’Brien returns to the game having been released by West Ham at the end of the 2015/16 season. He endured a frustrating final couple of seasons at Upton Park, failing to make a single Premier League appearance in his last year as he struggled with injury. Indeed, injuries were a common problem during his spell in England through the years.
Internationally, O’Brien made his debut at the beginning of the Steve Staunton era, starting in Ireland’s 3-0 firendly victory over Sweden. He went on earn five caps for Ireland between 2006 and 2012, though he development with the Boys in Green was also hampered by injuries.
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