Former City defender Jake-ing history
Yet another talented Leesider is set to strut his stuff on English soil as hot-prospect Jake O’Brien signs a permanent contract with Premier League side Crystal Palace.
The former Cork City FC defender had joined the London-based outfit on loan earlier this year with the option to make the deal permanent, which they have now done.
Commenting on the news, City Manager Colin Healy wished O’Brien well and said the move is a fantastic opportunity for the hard-working 20 year old.
“He is a great lad and a credit to his family. He always worked exceptionally hard in training every day and he deserves this opportunity. Jake is yet another player to come through our academy and go on to play first team football, so we are very proud of the pathway that exists for our young players,” said Healy.
O’Brien is the latest Cork player to join a Premier League team after goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher’s high-profile move from Ringmahon Rangers to Liverpool in 2018.
Cork City FC Chairman Declan Carey commented: “We wish Jake all the best in his permanent move.
2He is an extremely hard worker. This is another sign of the fantastic work from our academy coaches and Jake's Cork Schoolboy's League club, Youghal United.”
O’Brien joins a long list of Irish players to have played for Palace over the years including Clinton Morrison, Sean Scannell, Paddy McCarthy and Cork’s own Damien Delaney.
Since winning promotion to the Premier League in the 2012/13 season, Palace have managed to firmly establish themselves as tough competitors in the English top flight.