Ireland cap O'Brien released by Gateshead

Aidan Fitzmaurice

FORMER Ireland international Alan O'Brien is at a crossroads in his career after being released by English non-league side Gateshead.

Dubliner O'Brien, 27, shot to prominence six years ago when Steve Staunton called him into the senior Ireland squad after only a handful of appearances for Newcastle United, making his senior debut against Holland in 2006 and going on to win five senior caps.

But the former St Joseph's Boys player struggled at club level, and after leaving Newcastle United in 2007, had spells with Hibernians, Swindon and Yeovil before joining Gateshead earlier this year, but the Conference club have included O'Brien on a list of 10 players axed.

CHAMPIONSHIP side Watford have confirmed that they will release Irish keeper Rene Gilmartin.

The Dubliner, capped three times at U21 level, joined Watford from Walsall in 2010 but struggled to get games this season and spent time on loan to Yeovil and Crawley Town.