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Wrexham’s newest signing from League One club reveals what made him join

Wrexham’s newest signing Eoghan O’Connell, from League One club Charlton Athletic, reveals what made him join the National League high flyers.

O’Connell, a Cork native, joined Celtic in 2011. He also worked at Bury and Rochdale. O’Connell then signed for Charlton on a three year deal.

The 27-year old has made 17 League One starts this season for the Addicks, but has chosen to be part of the Welsh team’s hopes for promotion to the Football League.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Wrexham AFC are delighted to announce the signing of Irish centre-back Eoghan O’Connell from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Former Celtic academy graduate O’Connell, 27, has signed a permanent deal at the Racecourse Ground to bolster the Club’s defensive options.

Subject to international clearance, O’Connell will be available to make his debut against Altrincham on Saturday.

On signing for Wrexham, he said: “It’s a Club on the up. It’s an exciting part of the season to come in, and the lads have done well to get us to this point.

“I know what it’s like coming to the end of the season, targeting promotion, when the pressure’s on so I’m really looking forward to it.

“The ambition of the Club, with the manager and players here, is obviously promotion so I’ll throw myself in and see how I can contribute to it.”

O’Connell graduated from Celtic’s Academy and made his debut in the Scottish Premiership in 2014. He made 13 appearances for Celtic in all competitions, including four in the Champions League, and spent time on loan at Oldham, Cork City and Walsall.

He made the permanent move to England in 2017, playing for first Bury and then Rochdale in Leagues One and Two – making more than 100 league appearances for the latter to earn a move to Charlton last summer.

This season, he has made 22 appearances for the Addicks in all competitions, scoring once in a home win against Portsmouth and playing his part in the club’s run to the EFL Cup Quarter-Finals – appearing as a second-half substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson said: “I’m very pleased, Eoghan is a very strong signing for us, we had the disappointment of losing a couple of players over the weekend, but it was important we acted quickly.

“He has a lot of experience at a high level and he will bring a lot of quality to the team.

“The last two days have been long searching for the player we felt could make the difference for us and I’d like to thank the Co-Chairmen for their support in bringing in Eoghan to the club.”

Here’s how fans reacted as Wrexham’s newest signing from a League One club reveals what made him join…

@maxomuss: Another league 1 player for the underdogs!

@_LiamRoberts: This is the news we wanted 👏🏻 excellent bit of business

@CafcJake: he’ll be amazing at that level , cant believe we let him go

@danwills79: Welcome to Wrexham. Great addition to the squad after the 2 injuries this weekend

@ShoniMorris: Welcome to the greatest club in the world ❤️

@cafc_boi: Far too good for non league – absolute quality on the ball but a bit slow / not dominant in air

@PaulAshcroft8: Ball playing centre half, hopefully the missing link to gain promotion 👍🏻

@scotsfitbagaa: Ex @CelticFC man 👍🏻 hope he does well for you guys!

@McBainsGoggles: I love the replies from salty opposing fans jealously whining about Wrexham ownership coming up with an ingenious business model, implementing it effectively, creating buy-in from community, players & staff & spending the money they’ve earned from that successful business model.

@olly_plevin: True underdog story 😍

@gracejones10x: Croeso Eoghan 👋🏼 enjoy the ride to promotion🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@ChrisWo30990144: Congrats on getting promoted

@mattbroadCAFC: Bloody good steal that one. Why have we let him go? Best of luck to him and your team. Admiring what your doing and shows with owners investing in their club how it can succeed.

@irish_abroad: some useless trivia about Eoghan – he’s the only Irish player to appear in the @ChampionsLeague to not be capped by the senior international team

@GlobalBoB_Tv: What we needed hope he’ll be ready for the FA Cup game against Sheffield Utd

@GallopOut: Go on, Wrexham. Get yourself to League Two, toot sweet. You have to pay to put quality players on the Racecourse. Everyone else does.

@aidymclaughlin1: Seen him play for Rochdale, class signing

@cafctom_: He’ll be the best cb in the league

@youngkilshaw: First Cork man @Wrexham_AFC since Big Bad Brian Carey 🇮🇪👊 Let’s hope he’s another leader of men and all round hard bar steward at the back to help take #WrexhamAFC to the football league. ☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪🇺🇲🇨🇦 #WrexhamFX

@Domw921: Fairytale story in the making happening in North Wales!

@Wallin58: He was hardly Sergio Ramos, but getting rid stinks of cost cutting to me. Were all the backroom hires just made to slash our costs? Cannot see a summer rebuild if TS is still in charge. Same shit year after year #cafc

@FatDom67: Holy W from Wrexham

@scottedwards65: Great to see the national league underdogs signing another league one player, would be some story if they went up, with little money spent !!!!!!

@LeviClemson147: Some signing that 🔴⚪️

@cafc_h: Great player, no fucking clue why we let him go but I imagine you’ll be paying him triple his wage he had here

@wynnedev: It’s just unbelievable, it can’t be purely about the money. These players are seeing something that they want to be a part of.

@GazTrow: Some signing this is, 22 games in league 1 this year 👌

@MattHughes18: We sign who we want 😍😂😂😂😂

@SteveWaz230: Welcome to @Wrexham_AFC and to Wales Eoghan. Hope you have a long and happy stay with us.

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