Exploring the market: Roy O’DonovanPosted: January 21, 2015
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.