Ireland under-19 player Warren O’Hora has signed for Brighton & Hove Albion from Bohemians in a deal which will see him at the south coast club until 2020.
The 18-year-old looks to have a hugely promising future in the game after seamlessly making the step up to first team football last summer, having captained the Dalymount club at under-17 and under-19 level. He also led the Dubliners to silverware at the latter age grade in November, winning the SSE Airtricity Under-19 League.
Having travelled to the Seagulls on trial following this triumph, the Premier League outfit were impressed with what they saw and have now agreed undisclosed terms with the player and club.
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Commenting on the signing, Simon Rusk, the club’s under-23s coach, had this to say about the young centre-back when speaking to Brighton’s official website:
“We’re pleased to secure the services of Warren, after he impressed during a couple of training sessions before Christmas.
“He’s had some good experience playing in Ireland’s Premier Division last season, and he’ll certainly add to the competition we already have in central defence.
“We’re delighted to welcome him to the club and are keen to contribute towards his continued development as a footballer.”
This will come as a blow to Keith Long who would have surely hoped to have used the academy graduate’s talents in 2018 to progress his side, but it is a sign of the quality coming through at the Dublin club at present.
Bohs finished in an impressive fifth place last term and will be hopeful of bettering this next season, albeit without the help of O’Hora.