Former Cork City FC and Nemo Rangers ace Ogbene joins Rotherham United

Former Cork City FC and Nemo Rangers ace Ogbene joins Rotherham United
Chiedozie Ogbene taking on Waterford for the Cork City U19s. Picture: Larry Cummins

CHIEDOZIE Ogbene has made the move to Rotherham United on a three-year deal, joining from English Championship side Brentford for an undisclosed fee. 

The lively winger will now be plying his trade in South Yorkshire until at least 2022.

Born in Nigeria, Ogbene moved to Ireland with his family at an early age. After representing Everton in Cork as a youth player, he signed for Cork City in August 2015 and he spent 18 months there, winning the FAI Cup in 2016.

He was also a talented underage football with Nemo Rangers, though soccer was always his first love.

Ogbene in action at U21 level for Nemo Rangers. Picture: Jim Coughlan
Ogbene in action at U21 level for Nemo Rangers. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Limerick was his next destination and he was an ever-present during their 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division campaign, attracting interest from clubs in England. Brentford were the ones who managed to secure his services in January 2018.

Ogbene found it difficult to break into the Brentford first team and spent half of last season on loan at League Two side Exeter City, before making a handful of appearances upon his return to Griffin Park. He now joins Rotherham with a desire to prove his worth in League One.

“It is clear to see that the club play the football that I am about,” described the 22-year-old.

“I did my research about the club. I had a feeling about Rotherham and I was pushing it as much as I could. It is a great club with great ambition here. The manager was really keen to have me and when you feel wanted I couldn’t turn it down.

“What I really like is that he(Paul Warne) brings players in that he wants to improve, that he believes can help the team. He doesn’t just bring players in for the sake of it. After that conversation, I was really, really eager to get going.

“Rotherham were really keen and the only club, I believe, to make a proper offer. Brentford were really keen to help me get my career going.”

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