Today, reports surfaced online with the news that Wexford local, Kevin O’Connor is on the verge of joining English football side, Preston North End.
Currently, O’Connor is playing his football with Cork City and they are reaping the rewards of his tenacious defending this year as they continue to dominate the League of Ireland.
From Screen near Curracloe, O’Connor studied at St.Peters College in Wexford, and played hurling and gaelic football for the Shelmaliers GAA but opted to primarily focus on football instead.
Since then, O’Connor has played and been extremely impressive at Wexford Youths, Waterford FC and Finn Harps before becoming a regular starter with Cork City in the top division over the previous two years. O’Connor, 22, is a regular starter with the League leaders, who lately lost their prolific goalscorer, Sean Maguire to the same side.
According to Balls.ie:
“The Lancashire Evening Post are reporting that Simon Grayson will add left back Kevin O’Connor to his acquisition of Sean Maguire during the week. The Post describes the move as a case of ‘when not if’, indicating O’Connor’s move to Deepdale is now extremely close to being completed.”
If O’Connors’ move happens, he will join an already strong Irish contingent in Maguire, Andy Boyle, Daryl Horgan, Greg Cunningham, Aiden McGeady, Alan Browne and a returning Eoin Doyle at Deepdale.
Cork’s loss is Preston’s gain.
We wish Kevin O’Connor all the best in pursuing his dream.