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O'Donovan in line for a surprise Blues deal

Former Ireland B cap Roy O'Donovan is in line for a move to the Championship after turning around his career in 
far-off Brunei.

The 29-year-old thought he had ended his time in English club football in January when he took up an offer from DPMM in Brunei.

But after an impressive run of form there, he has attracted interest from England again and Birmingham City boss 
Lee Clark is close to agreeing a deal for the former Sunderland man.

O'Donovan (pictured) is out of contract with his club there, where compatriot Joe Gamble is a team-mate under boss Steve Kean, and the Cork native, who played in the Premier League for Sunderland under Roy Keane, would jump at the chance to prove himself in England's second tier again if he can agree terms with Birmingham.

The Blues already have an Irish presence in their squad with summer signings Gavin Gunning - since ruled out for the season due to injury - and Stephen Gleeson joining keepers Darren Randolph and Colin Doyle.

A trainee with Coventry City as a teenager, O'Donovan found his feet at Cork City and his form there earned him a £500,000 move to Roy Keane's Sunderland.

Loan spells

He made 17 Premier League appearances in his first season at the Stadium of Light but lost his place in the side and ended up having four loan spells away from the club until his contract ran out in 2010.

He rejoined Coventry but the move was not a success as he battled with injury and after just six league starts for City he was allowed move on to League Two side Northampton Town in 2013.

In January of this year, the club allowed him cancel his contract so he could move to DPMM, a club managed by former Blackburn boss Kean who are based in Brunei and play in the Singapore League.


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