Paudie O'Connor joins Bradford City on loan after being recalled from Blackpool by Leeds

Tue, Jan 08 2019

Paudie O'Connor in action for Limerick FC Credit: Laszlo Geczo (ETPhotos)

EFL League One side Bradford City have announced the signature of Leeds United loanee Paudie O’Connor after the Limerick native was recalled from his spell at Blackpool. 

The former Limerick FC centre-back joins the Bantams for the remainder of the season after impressing at Bloomfield Road. In 17 appearances on the English North-West coast, the 21-year-old scored two goals for the club in cup competitions, with his strikes coming in the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy. 

O’Connor’s second goal for the Tangerines came against Premier League side Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, before he received his first and only red card for the club in the same game at the Emirates Stadium. 

The former Limerick FC youngster has now moved on from his time at Blackpool to join fellow League One side Bradford City, who are in dire straits near the foot of the table in 21stplace. 

“I am really happy to get the deal over the line and, after speaking to the manager, I can’t wait to get going.” O’Connor said. 

“I enjoyed my time at Blackpool and played plenty of games, so I have picked up some great experience of League One.

“I am aware of where we are in the league table, but I am up for the fight and am confident the club will rise up the table.

“It is all about working my way into the team now. It will be a case of showing my worth in training and getting a chance.

“Since the new manager has come in, the results have really picked up and the boys are playing some good football.”

His new Bradford City boss David Hopkin added: “We are delighted to have Paudie on board for the remainder of the season.

“He comes with a good reputation and we are looking forward to seeing him out on the field.

“Paudie is a physical defender, who loves to get stuck in and he will put everything on the line for us.

“He certainly adds greater competition for places, strengthening what we have at the back.”

O’Connor’s first appearance for his new employers could come this weekend as Bradford make the trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley, who are comfortably in the Playoff places in fifth position.