FORMER Cork City FC U19 striker Aaron Drinan has signed a three and a half year contract with English Championship side Ipswich Town.
Joining the Tractor Boys from Waterford for €40,000, the 19-year-old will wear the number 26 jersey for Ipswich. With the January transfer window now open for business, Drinan was able to complete his move from Waterford after receiving international clearance this week.
The Cork native has been training over in East Anglia with Mick McCarthy’s men since October. It’s clear that he has made an impression on the former Republic Of Ireland manager.
“He’s really impressed me and he hasn’t looked out of place in training at all. The only frustrating thing is that he hasn’t been able to play but he’s ready to go now," said McCarthy.
McCarthy has a good track record when it comes to working with players that have played in the League Of Ireland.
During his time as the manager at Wolves, he gave Stephen Ward his first foray into English football. Ward is now an established Premier League and Republic Of Ireland international footballer.
Drinan will be hoping that he might go on to have a career in a similar fashion over the coming years ahead.
Speaking to the Ipswich Town FC official website following the announcement, Drinan described his excitement about the move and how he is rearing to get going.
“It’s great and I’m buzzing to get going. Not being able to play was tough but I always knew the transfer would go through so I just kept my head down and worked hard.
“The manager has praised me in training so I hope I can take that out onto the pitch and impress him.
“The first team squad at Ipswich have been very welcoming. A few weeks after being here I was being called the new Daryl Murphy by the lads.
“Daryl Murphy has had a good career at Championship level and I’d be doing good to replicate what he has done. Hopefully and can go on to do what he has done in the game.”
After learning his trade with Carrigaline United and at Cobh Ramblers, Drinan made the move to join Cork City U19s in 2015 and was a crucial member of what was a very gifted side that included the likes of Chiedozie Ogbene and Conor McCarthy, which won the Enda McGuill U19 FAI Cup in 2016.
Drinan was a regular goal scorer during his time with the City u19’s and he was on target against HJK Helsinki and AS Roma as a gifted City side reached the second round of the 2016/2017 UEFA Youth League.