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Bastien Hery departs Waterford fro Linfield with Michael O’Connor signing for the blues


Waterford FC is delighted to announce that striker Michael O’Connor has joined the club on loan from Linfield.

The club can also confirm that Bastien Hery has joined the Danske Bank Premiership side on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

20-year-old striker Michael O’Connor joins on loan until the end of the season having played for Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps previously, as part of the deal.

The Republic of Ireland underage international has represented the county at U18 and U19 level and was part of Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland U21 training camp earlier this year. O’Connor scored 12 goals for Linfield last season. The club are awaiting clearance for Michael ahead of Saturday’s game.

Speaking to after signing, Michael O’Connor said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here, it’s a different challenge for me and I just can’t wait to get going. I know some of the lads already from being in with the Irish U21s and being around the league before. There’s been a really good intensity to training so I’m looking forward to Saturday now.

“The fans will see a hard worker, I’ll give everything I can for the club and I’m going to try score as many goals for the club as I can.

“I’ve been really impressed with the everything since I’ve come in, they facilities are really good and the pitch is excellent. I spoke to Rennie and I like the way he wants his teams to play so I just can’t wait to get on the pitch.”

Speaking to after confirming the signing of Michael O’Connor, manager Alan Reynolds said:

“We’re delighted to get Michael in. We’ve made no secret that we’ve been trying to get a striker in and Michael fits what we’ve been looking at.

“He’s strong and athletic and can score goals. He trained with the lads and had fitted in well so we think he’ll be another good signing for us after we brought in Sam, Tom and Will last week.”

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