Exploring the market: Roy O’Donovan

O'Donovan from his Northampton Town days

O’Donovan from his Northampton Town days

Brisbane are looking for help all over their roster in the current January Transfer window, over the next couple of weeks we’ll take a look at players who may be a fit for Brisbane. Today, we look at Roy O’Donovan, an Irish striker whose goals in South-East Asia has seen him linked with a move to the A-League.

O’Donovan has been linked to a move to Australia this week and is reportedly targeting a move to the A-League, with 442 speculating that he might be a good fit for Brisbane or Central Coast. That comes on the back of 15 goals in 24 games for Brunei DPMM FC in the Singapore S-League, after seven difficult years in England where he struggled for goals.

He started his professional career with his hometown club Cork City in 2007 with a record of 31 goals in 74 appearances. That record attracted interest from Sunderland, however things never worked out for him with the Black Cats, nor with a host of other clubs he joined on loan, with his best spell in English football coming with Hartlepool where he scored 9 goals in 15 games while on loan at the then League Two club.

O’Donovan has also represented his country at both u/21 and senior level, with eight appearances for the Ireland u/21 side, taking part in the European u/21 championships. With the senior side, he played for the Ireland B side in a game with Scotland B which ended in a 1-1 draw. Ultimately however, O’Donovan failed to do enough to earn the favour of then Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

O’Donovan is seemingly very interested in joining the A-League this month, however his goal scoring record leaves a lot to be desired for mine. Comparisons have been made with fellow Irishman Andy Keogh whose been a hit a Perth Glory, however I don’t see it.



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