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Ex-Ireland U21 international Hoban joins Aberdeen

The defender will spend the season in the Scottish Premiership on loan from Watford.

Stevenage v Watford - Pre-Season Friendly Hoban has been farmed out by Watford. Source: Tony Marshall

TOMMIE HOBAN HAS added to Aberdeen’s growing Irish contingent by agreeing to spend the season on loan at the Scottish Premiership club.

The 24-year-old defender turned professional at Watford in 2011 and made his senior debut in the Championship that season, but, despite having nearly 60 appearances under his belt for the Hornets, a string of injuries have prevented him from earning game-time in recent years.

A former Ireland U21 international, Hoban was sent on loan to Blackburn Rovers for the 2016/17 campaign, where he played 17 times.

However, he was forced to undergo surgery last August after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while training with Watford.

He will aim to play regularly for the Dons this season, and is contention for tomorrow evening’s Europa League second qualifying round first leg against Burnley at Pittodrie, pending international clearance.

Hoban joins fellow Irish players Chris Forrester and Stephen Gleeson, who both arrived at Aberdeen this summer.

“Tommie is a player we had last week and thankfully we managed to get the deal resurrected,” said Dons boss Derek McInnes.

“First and foremost he’s an excellent defender and it’s well known that we’ve been in the market for another defender and to get a player of his quality from Watford is a great piece of business. Although he can play anywhere in the defence, centre back is his preferred position.”

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