Wednesday 23 August 2017

Limerick teen O'Connor signs two-year deal with Leeds

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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Limerick youngster Paudie O'Connor has netted a two-and-a-half-year deal with Championship side Leeds United.

The 19-year-old has been a part of Limerick's first-team squad over the past three seasons but did not sign on for the 2017 campaign as he was keen to secure a move to the UK.

The centre-half has been on the trial circuit and impressed Leeds enough to secure a contract with the Championship promotion chasers.

"I'm very grateful to Martin (Russell) and the club for the opportunity to play senior football," said O'Connor yesterday.

Limerick will benefit from compensation money for their role in O'Connor's development.

Meanwhile, Derry City have announced that they will admit supporters free of charge for their re-fixed game with Limerick in Buncrana on March 21.

Abandoned

Last Friday's meeting between the sides at Derry's temporary Maginn Park home was abandoned due to floodlight failure after 25 minutes.

The game was sold out, with Derry fans embracing the novelty of a switch across the border while their Brandywell home is redeveloped.

Club officials have decided to charge no admission fee as a gesture to fans that will make the journey again.

"We want to thank our supporters for the manner in which they responded to the abandonment of the match and their appreciation of the limited facilities of Maginn," read a statement from the Derry board.

"Limerick's courtesy and understanding could not have been greater.

"We also want to thank the people of Buncrana for their warm welcome."

Irish Independent

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