“I WANT TO PLAY FIRST TEAM FOOTBALL FOR LEEDS UNITED”
After three years with Limerick FC, where Paudie O’Connor featured for the Under 19s, First Division Senior Squad, and Premier Division Senior Squad, the Ballybrown native has signed for Leeds United following a short trial. The nineteen-year-old made the decision to continue his career in England after achieving last season’s promotion with Limerick to the Premier Division.
Initially, O’Connor will feature for Leeds United’s U23 squad, but his ambitions don’t end there. “I want to play first team football for Leeds United. I don’t think I would’ve come to the club if that wasn’t my aim. They have a very good record and tradition of bringing through young players to the first team and if I work hard enough then hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to do so.”
Speaking to Limerick’s LFC Magazine, O’Connor says he is feeling ready for the challenge ahead, and believes the Yorkshire club have just the right set-up for him to thrive.
“It’s a top quality set up at Leeds. Its a really nice club to play football at, as everyone is quite close from first team to 23s right down through the academy which creates a great vibe. The facilities are of a Premier League standard so I was very impressed when I first came.”
A fans favourite early on, O’Connor has always felt that great level of support he has received from supporters throughout. On leaving the club and beginning this new chapter to his footballing career, Paudie had this final message for all Limerick FC supporters:
“I’d just like to say that I’m very very grateful for the way the limerick supporters have looked after me since coming into the club. There’s a core group of supporters there that travel all over the country and volunteer at every home game and without them it would be a lot harder to run as a club. I appreciate the support ye have given me over the years and wish ye nothing but the best going forward in the future.”
Full interview in this weeks edition of LFC, Limerick FC’s Match-day magazine.