CORK soccer player Eoghan O'Connell will captain Rochdale next season.
The 25-year started his career with College Corinthians and Avondale United before he was recruited by Celtic.
He had loan spells with Oldham, Cork City and Walsall, before a permanent move to Bury and more recently Rochdale.
The classy centre-back is delighted to have been given the key role by another Leesider, Brian Barry-Murphy.
Former Cork City midfielders Jimmy Keohane and Stephen Dooley were in good form for the League One outfit last season, while ex-Ireland international Paul McShane is another familiar face in the squad.
Eoghan's brother Andy is currently impressing for St Michael's in the Cork Senior A Football Championship and is also a fine soccer player.
Brian's father, the iconic JBM, is still involved in his beloved Barrs, as a selector alongside Brian Hurley with the minor hurlers.