Lee O’Connor in the friendly against New Zealand for Ireland in November 2019.
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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND international Lee O’Connor has returned to Tranmere Rovers after completing a full season loan deal from Celtic on the day of the transfer deadline.
As O ‘ Connor leaves Scotland, his former Irish U21 team-mate Connor Ronan has arrived after temporarily moving from Wolverhampton Wanderers to St. Mirren.
O’Connor is currently on the Irish U21 squad ahead of the European Championship qualifiers Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg, which are scheduled for Friday and Tuesday respectively.
The 21-year-old native of Waterford also spent the last season at Tranmere, for which he played 42 games, when they played the second division and reached the EFL Trophy final.
O’Connor is a versatile defender who can also operate in a position in defensive midfield.
“Lee is not just a full-back, I also like him in midfield eld “, said Tranmere Rovers coach Micky Mellon about O’Connor, who has not had a chance in the first team since his move from Manchester United to the Glasgow team at Celtic in September 2019.
” Apart from Jay Spearing our midfielders are all moving forward so we don’t have many players with Lee’s qualities in the building so he’s another fantastic addition to the squad. Lee can also play as part of a three-man center-back partnership, he can play full-back and he brings quality to different areas of the pitch.
“He’s currently on the field, which shows what ancestry he brings to the team will. Lee is a very talented player. He has a great mentality and knows what it means to play for Tranmere Rovers.
“The fans know his qualities. The staff who worked with him last season told me how great he is, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to bring him back to the club. ”
Connor Ronan played 14 times for Ireland at the U21 level.
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Connor Ronan will be spending the season in the Scottish Premiership after joining the Irish contingent that was put together in St. Mirren.
It is the sixth loan switch the talented playmaker was sent by Wolves, who gave him a contract extension to 2024 last September.
Ronan not only played for Portsmouth, Walsall and Blackpool, but also spent time with Slovak team Dunajska Streda and the Grasshoppers of Switzerland.
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“I can’t wait to get started,” said the 23-year-old of his move to a club headed by native Waterford Jim Goodwin, who once played in Ireland’s senior national team .
“The coach wanted me to come in and play the way I like to play as a creative midfielder. It was a really positive conversation and from that point on it was all about getting everything in order.
“First and foremost, I work hard and I think that has to be a matter of course for every player. I like to be on the ball and try to dictate things and score and shoot as many goals as possible. ”
Ronan won 14 caps for Ireland at U21 level, with the England-born midfielder during the Stephen Kenny’s reign as coach played a prominent role.
The signing of St. Mirren from Ronan is considered part of a contingency plan in the event that Jamie McGrath, currently playing for the Irish squad in Portugal, comes before today Transfer deadline sold.
McGrath has reportedly attracted the interest of several clubs, with Middlesbrough being the English champions most recently linked to the ex-Dundalk and St. Patrick’s Athletic star.
The Irish Players Joe Shaughnessy, Conor McCarthy, Alan Power and Charles Dunne are also currently on the books at St. Mirren, who finished seventh in Scotland’s highest game last season.
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