Aaron O'Driscoll has signed a professional contract with Southampton.

Promising Irish teenager thrilled to sign professional contract with Southampton

Shane Long won’t be the only Irishman at the Saints in the coming season.

PROMISING IRISH YOUNGSTER Aaron O’Driscoll has expressed delight after signing a professional contract with Southampton.

The 17-year-old former Cherry Orchard player will link up with the Saints’ U18s side having been part of Man City’s youth set-up previously.

Speaking following the move, the centre-back who can also play midfield and who has represented Ireland at U17 level, told the club’s official website:

“I’m very happy. It’s a great move for me and I can’t wait to get started so I’m looking forward to it.

“Southampton has such a good history of bringing players through and you feel you have a chance here to go on.

I was at Manchester City for two full seasons but it wasn’t the best for me as I had a bad injury last season so I’m hoping to be pain-free this season and have a good season on the pitch.

“Hopefully I’ll establish myself with the U18s this season and push on into the U21s and see how I do. Then hopefully I can do well with the 21s and impress the new first-team manager (Claude Puel) who seems to be giving youth a chance, and that’s what I want to push on and do here.”

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