CONFIRMED: Limerick defender Paudie O'Connor joins Bradford City

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Limerick defender Paudie O'Connor set for Bradford switch

Limerick's Paudie O'Connor in action for Leeds Utd against Sunderland last season

LIMERICK defender Paudie O’Connor has moved to Sky Bet English League One side Bradford City on loan until the end of the season.

Twenty one-year-old Ballybrown defender O’Connor has been playing on loan at another League One side Blackpool this season and featured in their FA Cup loss to Premier League giants Arsenal on Saturday last.

The centre half, who joined Blackpool on loan from Leeds Utd this season, has played 17 games at Blackpool, lining up at the back in the Bloomfield Road side's last four fixtures.

While with Blackpool, he also scored two goals, with one of them coming against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in October.

Paudie O'Connor told the Bradford City website that he could not wait to get going at his new club.

O'Connor said: “I am really happy to get the deal over the line and, after speaking to the manager, I can’t wait to get going.

“I enjoyed my time at Blackpool and played plenty of games, so I have picked up some great experience of League One.

“I am aware of where we are in the league table, but I am up for the fight and am confident the club will rise up the table.

“It is all about working my way into the team now. It will be a case of showing my worth in training and getting a chance.

“Since the new manager has come in, the results have really picked up and the boys are playing some good football.”

Bradford City boss David Hopkin added: “We are delighted to have Paudie on board for the remainder of the season.

“He comes with a good reputation and we are looking forward to seeing him out on the field."

Blackpool FC manager Terry McPhillips said: “Paudie has been really unlucky not to play more games with us.

“He’s been a very popular lad and has always put in strong and committed performances whenever called upon.

“We thank for his contribution during his time here and wish him all the very best for the future.”       

O'Connor's new club Bradford are currently sitting just inside the relegation places, 21st spot, in Sky Bet League One.

Talented young centre-back O’Connor made his first-team debut for Leeds against Sunderland in April 2018 and penned a new contract at Elland Road prior to linking up with Blackpool. 

O’Connor’s deal at Leeds will run until the summer of 2020 and the club holds an option to extend this by a further 12 months.

Further Championship appearances for the Limerickman came against Preston North End, Aston Villa and Barnsley towards the end of last season.

O’Connor featured 39 times for Limerick FC in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and First Divisions prior to his switch to Leeds.

Starting out for local side Kilcornan, O’Connor also appeared for Breska Rovers and Regional United before being picked up for Limerick’s U19s and moving on to the club’s senior side.