Shane O’Connor has his contract terminated by Ipswich Town
SHANE O’Connor has become the fourth player to have his contract terminated – via a financial agreement – by Ipswich Town this season.
The 21-year-old’s current deal was due to expire in the summer and – having failed to make a single appearance for the Blues this season – the club have managed to reach an agreement over paying up the final six months of his contract.
Similar deals have already been struck with Colin Healy, Ivar Ingimarsson and Tamas Priskin this season.
With Blues boss Paul Jewell looking to rebuild his struggling squad over the coming months, he is reducing the wage bill and freeing up space for new recruits.
And such ‘mutual agreement’ deals leave the unwanted players chance to find themselves a new club in the second half of the campaign.
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O’Connor – a Cork-born, former Liverpool academy player – was signed by previous Blues boss Roy Keane on a one-year deal in July 2009 having requested a short trial under his boyhood hero.
After a handful of impressive games in his debut campaign at Portman Road, the versatile left-sided player was given a fresh two-year deal in the summer of 2010.
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He appeared in five of the club’s opening six games last season, before a torn hamstring kept him out for a spell.
The Irishman’s hard-working approach to the game made him a favourite among fans though and he shone in a 3-0 win over Leicester, under heavy snow at Portman Road, last December.
Keane was sacked soon after that game though and while O’Connor played in Jewell’s first game in charge – a 3-0 loss at Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final – he has failed to play for Town since.
The Irishman had a trial at League Two club Crawley last summer but turned down a move to the Football League new boys.
He went on loan to League Two club Port Vale in November but failed to make an appearance during his short time there.