While Sky Sports and its hype machine were in over drive yesterday with it being transfer deadline day, one of the more surprising moves has come in the League of Ireland with Longford Town FC confirming the capture of full-back Conor Powell.
The former Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers defender departed Norwegian club, Vard Haugesund earlier this week after a one year spell with the Scandinavian outfit.
Powell also has overseas experience with English Football League side Colchester United whom he played only twice for prior to returning home with Sligo Rovers in 2011.
Powell’s career has failed to reach the heights of 2005-2010 when he made well over 100 appearances for a dominant Bohemians team, claiming two league titles, an FAI Cup, Setanta Cup and League Cup in his time at Dalymount Park.
While further success would follow in the form of an FAI Cup winners medal with Sligo in 2011 and two Leinster Senior Cup triumphs with the other Rovers, Powell hasn’t shown the form that earned him that move to England in 2011.
However, despite that, the addition of the Dublin native to, newly promoted, Longford Town will prove a major one in terms of experience, if nothing else. With the likes of Pat Sullivan, Pat Flynn, Stephen Rice and new signing Mark Rossiter all boasting league medals of their own from glory years gone past, manager Tony Cousins won’t have to worry about a lack of leadership and winners within his dressing room.
The Midlanders kick start their pre-season preparations with a friendly in Leixlip tonight against last season’s title rivals Shelbourne but it is not yet known if Powell will feature in the red and black for the first time.
Should he not, ”De Town” are back in competitive action on Thursday when the host Drogheda United in the fourth round of the Leinster Senior Cup with Longford hoping to match their exploits in the completion from last year as they reached the final.
Of course, all eyes will be on Oriel Park on March 6 as the brand new SSE Airtricity League season gets underway with Premier Division champions, Dundalk ,taking on last seasons First Division champions, Longford Town, and with so many options to pick from in the back four, it will be extremely interesting to see if Powell can help guide his new club to a shock opening weekend result.
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