Youngsters Eric Abulu and Matthew O'Brien join Longford Town

Thu, Dec 19 2019

Eric Abulu in action against Longford Town in April 2018 Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

First Division promotion hunters Longford Town have unveiled the double signing of young duo Eric Abulu and Matthew O’Brien.

Abulu joins the Red and Black of the Midlands from Shamrock Rovers, where he impressed in the Hoops underage set-up at Roadstone.

16-year-old O’Brien joins De Town from Dublin schoolboy outfit Phoenix FC, as manager Daire Doyle has been tacking the young star in recent years.

19-year-old Abulu played underage football with Mountview Boys and Belvedere before joining the under-17 side at Shamrock Rovers in July 2016.

He then made his first competitive appearance for the Hoops in a Leinster Senior Cup tie away to Thomastown United on 18 February 2017.

The attacking German full-back is expected to slot in at left-back for Longford in the 2020 campaign following the departure of Anto Breslin in recent weeks.

Louth native O’Brien will also play a part in Longford’s senior set-up next term, and in turn beefing up Doyle’s midfield options for 2020.

It has also been confirmed that John Martin will act as Doyle’s number two in 2020 after his stint as assistant during Doyle’s interim spell in charge of the club.