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The former Bohemians, Colchester United and Sligo Rovers defender is opening a fresh chapter in his career as he embarks on a new start with Vard Haugesund

Former Shamrock Rovers defender Conor Powell is hoping that his move to SK Vard Haugesund will help him to enjoy his football again.

Powell, who was released by the Hoops at the end of the 2013 season, has agreed a two-year deal with the Norwegian 2. Divisjon side after growing disillusioned with life as a footballer in Ireland.

"I was looking for a new challenge, a new adventure," Powell told the Irish Daily Mirror. "There was some interest from America and Australia but nothing definite.

"Norway was the only firm offer. They were very definite about signing me, very keen to get me over and I was impressed with that and liked what they had to say."

The 26-year-old has won numerous honours in Ireland, including back-to-back league titles with Bohemians, in a career which has also seen him line out for Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers.

However, despite enjoying success, Powell explained that he needed a new challenge without the worries that accompany playing football in Ireland.

“Hopefully this move will help me enjoy things again. I wasn't enjoying football as much as I should have been over the last year-and-a-half," he said. 

"I don't know why. I came back from England and I've been playing in the League of Ireland for a long time and sometimes you can stagnate. Norway will be a new environment and it will challenge me to raise my game to another level which is a positive thing."

He added: "I'm moving for the challenge, not the money, but the pay is on a par, if not better, than the League of Ireland. But more importantly is the security of a two-year deal.

"Their season is April to November, so I’ll come home over Christmas and not have to worry about being unemployed like I used to be.”

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