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Darren O'Dea to light up Blackpool


Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea

Darren O'Dea

IRELAND international Darren O'Dea has ended his four-month search for a club and has signed a short-term deal with Championship strugglers Blackpool.

Dubliner O'Dea has been a free agent since he opted to quit Metalurh Donetsk in the summer due to the on-going violence and political instability in troubled eastern Ukraine.

O'Dea spent time training with Celtic to regain fitness after an ankle injury and now that he's fit to play, he has opted to hook up with Blackpool, singing a one-month deal.

O'Dea has previously played in The Championship with Reading, Ipswich and Leeds so he knows what to expect.

"I had a tough year in Ukraine, so I'm delighted to be at a good football club with good people, and I'm looking forward to getting started," he said. "I was desperate to play football again and I'm looking to now help the team."

O'Dea recently stated that clubs in Holland and Greece had expressed an interest but a short-term deal in England offers him a chance to get done much-needed game time.

Blackpool also have ex-Ireland man Kevin Foley on loan.

Meanwhile, Paddy Madden (above) is the latest Ireland international to earn recognition for his goal-scoring feats as he's been nominated for the player of the month award in League One.

Madden and Scunthorpe United have had their struggles this season with the club dropping into the relegation zone, but Madden scored three goals in his last two games to help out in the side's battle to avoid the drop, a run that has earned him a player of the month nomination - also, in-form Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy was named as November's player of the month in the Championship in a fans' poll by the PFA. And United boss Mark Robins has been impressed with Madden. "Paddy's a good finisher, but he puts a great deal of pressure on himself, as a striker generally tends to do," said Robins.

"He scored a lot of goals at this level for Yeovil when they got promoted. He's a real handful for anybody, I'm asking him to a job for me and the team a favour and he does that brilliantly.

"His work rate is absolutely phenomenal but that doesn't affect his game because he doesn't sulk, he just goes out and performs and gets in positions to score goals."