Bedlington Terriers have secured the signing of Ireland international Alan O’Brien. The 27 year old Winger joins the club from Hungerford Town and will go straight into the squad for this weekend’s game against Darlington 1883.
O’Brien has represented Ireland five times in his career and is a major coup for Bedlington Terriers. Alan is another product of the Newcastle United academy, whilst also going on to represent the first team in the FA Cup and the 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 Alan 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.
Club Chairman Ronan Liddane had this to say on the signing.
“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 with both hands.”
Bedlington Terriers are pleased to announce the re-signing of West Auckland Town defender Chris Carr. Carr signed for the Durham club in the summer, but the centre back is now on his way back to Welfare Park.
Chris original signed for the Terriers from Newcastle Benfield and settled into the backline immediately. Chris plays in central defence and has England U-18 honours.
Chris was a product of the Sunderland FC Centre of Excellence before moving to the Newcastle United Academy. His list of previous clubs includes Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Queen of the South, Newcastle Blue Star and Newcastle Benfield before he had a spell at Bedlington.
The centre-back will add strength and depth to the Terriers defence and his no-nonsense approach will be an asset for the Northumberland side.
Chairman Ronan Liddane had this to say on the signing:
“We are pleased to welcome back Chris Carr to Welfare Park, he is a player of undoubted quality and will add strength to our backline.”
“We are looking to push on this season after a good start, and it’s quality signings like this that will help us improve.”