- Position: Defender
- Number: 0
- Age: 38
Central defender Ken is one of the most experienced and decorated players in the league, joining Liam Buckley’s squad ahead of the 2014 season.
Having gathered his initial football education at Rivermount, Oman’s career in the league started off thanks to former Saints boss Pete Mahon, who gave the Dubliner his chance at Bohemians – Oman making his début for the Gypsies in 2001 aged just 19.
The defender left Bohemians at the end of the 2005 season to join Stephen Kenny’s Derry City. In his time at the Brandywell, Oman enjoyed great success with the Candystripes, winning 2 league cups and the 2006 FAI Cup having been part of a side that defeated the Saints 4-3 after extra time in the last final played in the old Lansdowne Road.
Oman also gathered great experience of European football in his time with the Candystripes, having played a part in the side’s victories over IFK Goteborg and Scottish side Gretna in the 2006/07 Uefa Cup. Oman and Derry’s run that year would come to an end at the hands of European Giants Paris Saint-Germain, who could only beat the Foylesiders 2-0 on aggregate, including a 0-0 draw in the Brandywell.
However in 2008 after Oman expressed a desire to move back to Dublin, he went back to his roots and re-joined Bohemians. In his second spell at the Phibsboro club, Oman again achieved much success, winning 2 league titles (2008, 2009), a League Cup and a Setanta Sports Cup – again another final in which Oman was part of the opposition against the Saints.
However after losing the league title with Bohemians on goal difference to rivals Shamrock Rovers, Oman made the switch to the Hoops ahead of the 2011 season. There Oman stayed for three seasons – again adding further winners medals to his collection. In his final season with the Hoops though, Oman struggled with injuries and failed to get a clear injury-free run in the side.
Having been released by the Hoops at the end of the season, Oman opted to join the Saints and will now compete for a place at the heart of the Saints’ defence with Kenny Browne, Derek Foran and Sean Hoare.
Previous Clubs: Rivermont (Schoolboy), Bohemians (2001-2005), Derry City (2006-2007), Bohemians (2008-2010), Shamrock Rovers (2011-2013).
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