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Stephen Kenny's Hoops add to their squad with the signing of former Ipswich Town defender Shane O'Connor

Cork City defender Shane O’Connor has completed his move to League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers after playing just a handful of games for the Rebel Army this campaign.

The Republic of Ireland under-age international has struggled at Turner’s Cross since joining the Leesiders at the beginning of the 2012 season following his release from Ipswich Town.

Several injuries meant he had limited opportunities to impress during his time with Tommy Dunne’s side. The 22-year-old had recently attracted interest from League One side Crawley Town and spent some time in England on trial with the club but will now join Stephen Kenny’s Hoops.

When asked about the transfer, Cork City manager Tommy Dunne thanked the player and wished him luck for his future.

“I would like to thank Shane for his services during his time with the club and wish him the best of luck for the future," Dunne told CorkCityFC.net.

"We are looking at a number of options in terms of strengthening the squad prior to the deadline at the end of August, and I hope that we will have news on this in the near future.”

O’Connor began his youth career with Liverpool before signing a professional contract with Ipswich Town under Roy Keane. However, he made just twelve appearances for the Championship club in two seasons at Portman Road before being released.

Dundalk and Rovers were interested in his services in February before he opted for a return to his home town club.

Meanwhile, RTE have announced they will broadcast the Fourth Round FAI Cup clash between Shamrock Rovers and Cork City on Friday August 24 with a kick off time of 19.05 BST.

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