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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.

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

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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