Christchurch United have signed an Irish defender who has previously been on the books of top English clubs Manchester City and Southampton.
Centre-back Aaron O’Driscoll (23) is a former Republic of Ireland age group international who has moved to New Zealand in time for United’s 2023 Southern League campaign.
He will also be an assistant coach at Christchurch United’s academy, and holds a UEFA C Licence.
O’Driscoll told United’s website: “I’ve coached and experienced some top class academies and I’m hoping to share those experiences with the boys and girls and help out as much as I can.”
Announcing his arrival, United told social media followers: “With his impressive skills, lightning-fast footwork, and incredible game sense, Aaron is sure to shake things up and bring some serious competition to the pitch!”
Main photo: Aaron O’Driscoll … big club names on his CV. Photo credit: Shelbourne FC.
Dublin-born O’Driscoll played youth football for Cherry Orchard before signing for Manchester City’s academy in 2014.
After two seasons there, he signed a professional contract with Premier League club Southampton in July 2016, playing for their U-21 side, and then transferred to Mansfield Town in the English League Two.
After a loan to Longford Town, where he was named Player of the Year, O’Driscoll joined League of Ireland club Shelbourne in late 2021, playing 19 times for manager Damen Duff, the former international and Premier League star.
He played for Ireland’s U-17 and U-19 national teams.
O’Drisoll has joined United in time for the opening round of the Southern League.
Game to be played on Saturday March 25, 2023
Christchurch United v Green Island
United Sports Centre, Christchurch, 1.30pm