Irish Under-21 International Conor Shaughnessy joins Hearts on loan

Tue, Jan 08 2019

Hearts fans during a game in Richmond Park. Credit: Darragh Connolly (ETPhotos)

Hearts have made their second signing of the January transfer window with the addition of Ireland Under-21 International Conor Shaughnessy from Leeds United on a loan deal.

The 22 year joins the Jambos following news of Jimmy Dunne’s departure from Tynecastle earlier today.

Once of Reading, Shaughnessy joined the Elland Road outfit in 2016 after excelling in Reading’s academy system.

The Galway native has plenty of international experience representing the Boys in Green having donned the Green jersey from Under-15 level all the way up U21 level.

The former Mervue United and Salthill Devon schoolboy made his senior debut for Leeds in 2017 in a 3-2 win over cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers and then made his first start for the club in a 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Port Vale in the following game.

After impressing for much of his early spell at Leeds, the Galway man signed a new four-year deal at the club, before injury cut his season short.

Since then, the 22-year-old defender has featured once for Leeds under new boss Marcelo Bielsa in a 2-0 EFL Cup defeat to Preston North End in August.

Pending international clearance, Shaughnessy could be in line to make his Hearts debut in the upcoming Scottish Cup clash on January 20th against Livingston.