Blow for Limerick FC as Brentford FC confirm Chiedozie Ogbene signing

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BREAKING: Blow for Limerick FC as Brentford FC confirm Chiedozie Ogbene signing

Limerick FCs Chiedozie Ogbene has signed for Brentford FC on a three-and-a-half-year deal

LIMERICK FC have been dealt a blow ahead of the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season with confirmation that exciting young winger Chiedozie Ogbene has signed for English Championship side Brentford FC.

Brentford announced this Tuesday morning that they had completed the signing of 20-year-old Nigerian-born Irish attacker Ogbene, subject to international clearance.

Chiedozie had been on trial with The Bees earlier this month and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Limerick FC for his transfer.

2017 was a breakthrough campaign for Chiedozie after his January move to Limerick FC from Cork City. He made 32 league appearances for the Super Blues, 29 of them from the start, scoring eight goals.

Ogbene also played every minute of Limerick’s run to the FAI Cup semi-final, netting in the First Round win over Cobh Ramblers. In total, he made 37 competitive appearances last season, scoring ten goals, to add to his 15 appearances and three goals with Cork.  

Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “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.”

Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: "I'd like to welcome Chiedozie to Brentford. I'd like to think that we have a strong reputation for buying and developing young players, and so we look forward to seeing Chiedozie working hard to improve and contribute to the Club over the coming seasons." 

Chiedozie moved to Ireland in 2005 and began his career with Cork City. He made his professional debut aged 18 in a 1-0 win over Bohemians on the final day of the 2015 league season.

The following campaign he appeared eight times for the Rebel Army in the league, scoring his first goal in a 3-0 win over Shamrock Rovers, as Cork secured a second-place finish.

He also featured twice off the bench, including an appearance in the Final, as Cork won the FAI Cup as well as playing in all four of City’s UEFA Youth League matches.