Former Newcastle United academy product O’Brien joins Terriers

BEDLINGTON Terriers have secured the signing of Ireland international Alan O’Brien.

The 27-year-old winger has signed from Hungerford Town and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s big game against league leaders Darlington 1883.

O’Brien has represented Ireland five times in his career and his signing is a major coup for Terriers.

He is another product of the Newcastle United academy, where he went on to represent the first team in the FA Cup and Premier League.

O’Brien has also had spells at Hiberian, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town before signing for Gateshead in February 2012.

In total, O’Brien has made 135 appearances at first team level scoring one goal and will be a vital asset for Bedlington for the remainder of the season.

At international level he played alongside the likes of Shay Given, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff and has a pedigree that is almost unmatched at a Northern League level.

A delighted club chairman Ronan Liddane said: “This is an excellent signing for the club and one we have been looking at for a while now, and we are ecstatic to get Alan onto the playing staff.

“We have had a very good start to the season, but we are always looking to bring quality players into the squad, and this was an excellent opportunity for us, and one we grabbed it with both hands.”

This signing comes on the same day that Bedlington also re-signed Chris Carr from West Auckland Town.