Shelbourne swoop for Aaron O'Driscoll as Dundalk land Joe Adams

By Paul O'Hehir

Dundalk have swooped for Brentford’s Joe Adams while Shelbourne have landed Aaron O’Driscoll from Mansfield.

Adams, 20, is a Wales Under-21 international and follows his Dragons team-mate, former Bees colleague and close friend Nathan Shepperd to Oriel Park.

Lilywhites boss Stephen O’Donnell said: “Joe is a player with a great pedigree and he’s very technically gifted

“He can play off both feet and he’s good athletically. We’re really looking forward to seeing him play. He’s a quality addition and will really excite our fans.”

Adams scored in Wales’s 2-1 defeat to Ireland’s Under-21s last March and the Bolton lad was previously a youth at Bury before joining Brentford.

New Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell (©INPHO/Ciaran Culligan)

“This is a great opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

“I’m at the stage of my career where I need to be playing first-team football, so it’s an opportunity I’m really looking to take.”

Shels boss Damien Duff has snapped up centre-back O’Driscoll following his Player of the Year performances on loan at Longford Town last season.

Once at Manchester City’s academy, he joined Southampton and then Mansfield and Duff said: ““We’re very happy that Aaron has chosen us over a host of other clubs.

“He’s coming off the back of a great season where he has gained many admirers.

“He fits the profile perfectly that we want in a Shelbourne centre back. He loves defending and is also a very technical footballer.”

And O’Driscoll said of his Shels move: “I’m delighted to finally get this over the line.

“As soon as I met with Damien and with the staff he’s brought in, I knew I wanted to come to Shels. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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