English Championship side Ipswich Town have become the latest club across the channel to enter the League of Ireland transfer market.
Reports in the Ipswich area claim that The Tractor Boys are reported to have agreed an initial three year deal for well-regarded Waterford FC striker Aaron Drinan in a deal worth somewhere in the region of €100,000. The nineteen year old Cork native only joined the Blues from Cork City in July 2017 and scored once in five appearances as the club secured the First Division title and promotion to the top tier.
Drinan began playing with Carrigaline United at the age of six and remained there until he made the step up to the League of Ireland in 2015 with Cobh Ramblers’ u19 side. An impressive spell at St Colman’s Park saw the attacker follow manager Stephen Bermingham to Cork City’s u19 setup across the city.
It was at Cork that he truly began to make a name for himself, claiming the 2015 U19 league title, the 2016 Enda McGuill Cup and scoring against European giants Roma in the UEFA Youth League. Aaron remained with the Leesiders until the summer of 2017 when Alan Reynolds and Pat Fenlon tempted him to enter senior football and join Waterford’s promotion-chasing side. This coincided with a trial at Ipswich in August as Drinan evidently impressed the Championship outfit.
Mick McCarthy’s men presently occupy eighth position in the Championship and Drinan will join current Irish international David McGoldrick at the club. McCarthy has also signed Irish attackers Jack Doherty and Dylan Connolly in the past whilst in charge at Portman Road.
The forward will formally join Ipswich in January 2018 once the transfer window opens and he follows in the footsteps of fellow Irish players Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, Matt Holland and Stephen Hunt who also plied their trade at the Suffolk side. The three year deal comes with the possible addition of a fourth year if the move is viewed as a success.
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