Fenn announces arrival of ex-Shels man O'Connor
Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS
Longford Town manager Neale Fenn announced his eleventh close-season signing this afternoon, with the London-born rookie boss confirming the arrival of Adam O'Connor at the Midlands club on social media. An avid user of Twitter, Fenn is one of a growing number of League of Ireland bosses to use the online platform to keep supporters updated of developments at their respective clubs and Longford fans will be hoping a striker is next on the managers list, following the departure of all-time leading goal-scorer David O'Sullivan recently.
O'Sullivan signed for Shelbourne FC and that is where right-back O'Connor last appeared in the LOI, having left the "Reds" at the mid-way point of last season. With many expecting Longford and Shelbourne to clash for promotion, if not the title next season, it will be interesting to note how the likes of O'Sullivan, O'Connor and former "Shels" 'keeper Jack Brady fair against their old employers when the two sides eventually meet in 2018.
Despite playing under-nineteens football as recently as 2013, O'Connor is relatively experienced having played both top-flight and First Division football in his four and a bit years spell at Shelbourne. O'Connor joined the Tolkla Park outfit following his move from St.Patrick's Athletic's underage set up in 2012. Making his league debut away to UCD in July 2013, O'Connor went on to make five first-team appearances as the famous old Dublin club were relegated from the Premier Division. The following season was a big one for the talented young defender as O'Connor made nineteen appearances, with "Shels" narrowly missing out on promotion via the First Division play-offs. Improving his appearances tally again in 2015, O'Connor made twenty-three appearances, scoring twice in Dublin derbies against Cabinteely and UCD, as the Drumcondra club again missed out on promotion, finishing outside the play-offs places in fourth position. Twenty-five appearances in all competitions for the now twenty-three-year-old followed in 2016 prior to a mid-season departure from Tolka Park last term.
It is expected that the Dublin native will challenge fellow new arrival, Shane Elworthy for a starting role at right-back in Neale Fenn's new look Longford side, who will most certainly be looking to improve on a mid-table finish from last season.
Former Cork City, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers star Fenn declared his delighted upon securing the services of Adam O'Connor earlier today.
New signing O'Connor will link up with his Longford team-mates when the squad begin pre-season training on the 5th of January at the clubs training base in Lexlip.