St Patrick’s Athletic sign former Bournemouth striker O’Hanlon

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley has boosted his options in attack with the signing of former Bournemouth striker Josh O’Hanlon.

The 21-year-old, who had a brief spell at English League Two side Newport County prior to joining the Saints, says that he is happy to have the chance to play for the Dublin club after enduring a difficult spell at Longford Town last term.

“I’m really enjoying it,” O’Hanlon said in an interview with the official St Pat’s website. “The facilities we have here in ALSAA are top class in terms of the pitches, the gyms, swimming pool, meeting rooms etc.

“I wanted to come back into a full time club in Ireland. Playing part time is something I wasn’t interested in. Having been in the UK, I needed to stay training every day and I’m happy Liam and St Pat’s have given me the chance to do that.”

O’Hanlon will provide support and competition for the likes of Kurtis Byrne and Christy Fagan, and manager Buckley is pleased with his new acquisition.

“Josh is a particularly good signing. He’s been in training with us for the last weeks few weeks and we’ve seen him in a couple of the friendly games too in which he’s done really well,” he said.

“He’s a strong boy, technically very good and will link the play well for us, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

St Patrick’s Athletic get the 2017 Premier Division season under way at home to Bray Wanderers on Friday, February 24.

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