BREAKING: Ogbene completes Brentford switch


Article by Kieran Burke -@KieranBTS.

Chiedozie Ogbene‘s brief yet immensely impressive spell in League of Ireland football came to an end this morning with confirmation of the twenty-year-old’s transfer to Brentford from Limerick for an undisclosed fee. 

It had been wellreported in recent days that midfielder Ogbene had undergone a medical with the London club, who have now won the race to sign the talented attacker despite reported interest from Aston Villa and Scunthorpe, where of course Ogbene’s former Limerick boss Neil McDonald is now assistant.

Apart from the obvious fact that Ogbene, a former Cork City player, played a major role in keeping Limerick in the top-flight last season thanks to eight goals in thirty-eight appearances, interest in the winger soared after news broke that Ogbene was on trial with English Premier League champions Chelsea over the Irish off-season.

Nigerian-born Ogbene, has been rewarded with a three-and-half-year contract by ‘’Bees’’ Head Coach Dean Smith, who spoke highly on his new signings character to the official Brentford FC website.

‘’We have been monitoring Chiedozie for quite a while and we like what he can bring. He came over to train with us and we could see that his personality and character ticked all the boxes for us. We are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he develops.”

Ogbene’s former club Limerick will now face questions as to how new manager Tommy Barrett can go about replacing a player of the quality of Ogbene and more importantly perhaps, if the club will look to reinvest the sun received from the transfer on new recruits. Limerick chairman Pat O’Sullivan spoke earlier this month on his desire to sell the club to outside investors in order to allow the Munster club to compete financially with the elite of Irish football for years to come, meaning the fee received for Ogbene is sure to be warmly received despite the sporting loss on the playing field.