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Celtic defender O'Connell joins Cork City on loan

The 20-year-old defender will test himself in the League of Ireland until July.

CORK CITY HAVE announced the capture of young Celtic defender Eoghan O’Connell on a short-term deal.

20-year-old Cork native, an Ireland U21 international, has joined his hometown club until July in a bid to gain some first team experience.

Having joined the Hoops after stints with College Corinthians and Avondale United in 2013, he made his first team debut a year later against Ross County.

The following season, he played four times for the Scottish Premiership champions but was sent on loan to League One club Oldham at the beginning of the current campaign.

Eoghan will be following in the footsteps of father Damien and brother Andy in playing for the Leesiders, while he is the cousin of recently-retired former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell.

“My dad Damien and my brother Andy have both played for the club previously,” he said. “Andy was here recently enough so I have been asking him about it and I would not be short on knowledge about the club!”

It’s about getting as many games as I can but the main objective is to help Cork City do as well as possible while I am here and try to win as many games as possible.”

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City boss John Caulfield added: “We are thrilled to get Eoghan. He can play right across the back four and as a defensive midfielder, so it gives us a lot of options. We were looking to bring in another defensive player and it is something we have been working very hard on for the last few while.”

“Celtic have agreed to loan him to us until July; he has been involved with their first team quite a bit and he went out on loan to Oldham but he picked up an injury and they were anxious to get him out on loan to play.”

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