• Tue, Jul 27, 2010 @ 14:58

St Patrick's Athletic have today signed former Bradford City player 20 year old midfielder James O'Brien.

A native of Lally Road Ballyfermot, O'Brien played schoolboy football with his local club Cherry Orchard before joining Birmingham City 2006.

While O'Brien never got his chance to impress at Birmingham he did play alongside former Saints' favourite Keith Fahey during his time at the midlands club.

In 2009 a three day trial with Bradford City soon became a two week trial and then a three month contract became an 18 month contract for O'Brien.

“Bradford was a great experience for me, Stuart McCall brought me in and Peter Taylor was there when I was leaving”.

“Nobody wanted me to leave it was my decision, there are two sides to being a footballer”, he explained, “while I enjoyed the football on the pitch I wanted to be happy off the pitch”.

In recent weeks there had been interest from St Pat's and “it really just escalated from there”.

The former Ireland schoolboy did not take the decision lightly “my brother Mark is already in the first team with Derby so I talked through the whole move with him to make sure I was making the right decision”.

O'Brien is now very much looking forward to playing for his local Airtricity league club, “I only live 20 minutes away from the ground, I went to school in Inchicore and I used to come down to the games every now and then with friends”.

He added “it's good to come home and have my friends and family around me and I already know some of the lads at the club including Ian Bermingham and Graeme Dowling”.

While O'Brien would describe himself as an attacking midfielder at the moment he would be happy just to break into the team – “I've been playing a few pre-season games so I'm pretty fit and my aim would be to play a part in helping Pat's win any silverware that's going this season”.

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