William Oluremi John has confirmed that he will not be signing for SSE Airtriciy Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers.
The 29-year-old midfielder had been on trial with the Hoops, and scored in their 3-0 friendly win over Waterford United, but admitted that he was unable to agree terms with Shamrock Rovers. “It's football, we both wanted to make the deal happen but sometimes it just doesn't work out,” John told Nigerian football website SL10.
A former USA Under-20 international, John was drafted by Chicago Fire in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, and played six games for the Fire before moving to Kansas City Wizards. Spells in Denmark, Serbia, Israel, Azerbaijan, and Morocco followed, but the Kansas-born player is now unlikely to add Ireland to his resumé.
John qualifies to play for Nigeria through his father Emilio John, who played for the Nigerian international team while at Sacramento Gold in the American Soccer League. Despite a move to Shamrock Rovers falling through, Oluremi John believes that he still may find a European club. “Never say never but I don't think I'll be heading home just yet,” John admitted.
Meanwhile, Waterford United have been knocked out of the Munster Senior Cup after losing 1-0 to non-league side Avondale United, who will play Cobh Ramblers in the semi-final of the competition.