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Sunday 19 August 2018

Former Ireland international signs for Shamrock Rovers

Defender Joey O'Brien has signed for Shamrock Rovers
Defender Joey O'Brien has signed for Shamrock Rovers

Former Ireland international Joey O'Brien has signed for Shamrock Rovers.

O'Brien has five caps for Ireland - the last in 2012 - and had been training with Bolton Wanderers after being let go by West ham after five seasons in 2016.

"I'm buzzing to be here and get going. It happened over a short period of time, I made contact with the club and luckily it got over the line," O'Brien said.

"I was moving back home with my family so it was a logical thing – I support Shamrock Rovers. I've been to Rovers-Bohs games over the years as a supporter in the Rovers end, so it'll be nice to be out there playing.

"I wanted to get playing and come back here. This is the place to be. Last season I was at Rovers games and I've watched them a few times.

"I'll speak to the manager and get to know the players. It's about becoming part of the squad: I definitely bring the age up!," added the 31-year-old.

"Hopefully the way I go about training and off the pitch as well, some of the younger lads can learn from working with me.

"It was fantastic at West Ham, apart from the last year where it didn’t work out for me. But that’'s what happens.

"Then I was up at Bolton – I still have contacts there from when I started. It was just a nice fit at the time to try and get fit. I played a couple of games but competitively is what it' all about; it's been a while since I played in matches. I've put in a lot of hours into getting to this situation.

"Hopefully now I'll go to Portugal [for the Atlantic Cup] and get a good bit of training in before the season starts.

"Coming back to play in Ireland was always on the radar: even going back five or six years, if I could have played for Rovers that was always the thing. It's worked out that way now."

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