League of Ireland – O’Hanlon returns to the Midlands

by Kieran Burke

It’s been a quiet few weeks  in the transfer market for Longford Town FC, with supporters growing more and more anxious at the lack of incomings at the Midlands club.

However, the old saying of good things coming to those who wait has returned dividends for those supporters today, with the news that striker Josh O’Hanlon is to return to the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth.

Image via LTFC.com

Image via LTFC.com

The Dublin native last donned the Red and Black of Longford in 2014 before being spotted by the then Championship high flyers which earned him a move to the Vitality Stadium.

However, given Eddie Howe’s sides success over the past 18 months or so, O’Hanlon has had to settle for a number of loan spells across English football with Poole Town being the only real success story for the 20-year-old so far, where he scored six goals in nine games for the non-leaguers.

A reported fee of €50,000 was given to Longford in 2014 to secure the services of O’Hanlon and followers of the Midlands club will see this loan move as a real coup for manager Tony Cousins.

While only scoring seven goals in 22 first team games – albeit with many of those appearances coming from the bench – O’Hanlon’s talent has always been evident to see and he will be hoping to rediscover his scoring touch in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

With former strike-partner Davy O’Sullivan – the club’s all time-leading goalscorer – still at the club, O’Hanlon and his boss Tony Cousins will be hoping a successful partnership can once again be struck up between the two, as seen on the pairs’ debut for ‘De Town’ back in 2013 as they scored five goals between them in a 5-0 rout of Salthill Devon at the Drum ground.

Speaking on social media the twenty-year-old tweeted his delight upon returning to the City Calling Stadium, whilst manager Tony Cousins had this to say to club’s official website:

I’m delighted to have Josh back at the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth. It is a deal I have been working on since I knew Gary Shaw was leaving.

 

I would like to thank Eddie Howe and everybody at Bournemouth football club who have made this possible. Hopefully Josh can make a big impact in the season ahead.

As mentioned above, ‘De Town’ have suffered the losses of key players such as Gary Shaw to Shamrock Rovers and Aymen Ben Mohamed to Dublin rivals Bohemians, so today’s announcement by club is sure to boost the fans.

While no mention has been made yet by either party on the length of the loan deal, Longford fans will be hoping rumours of more English arrivals turn out to be true.

We will have an interview with Town’s new signing on site in the coming days so stay tuned for that one right here on Back Page Football.

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