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Drinan Returns From Waterford Loan
Wednesday, 12th Jun 2019 19:07

Striker Aaron Drinan’s loan spell with his former club Waterford has ended, the League of Ireland club has announced.

The 21-year-old was due to remain with Waterford until the end of the month but he will now return to the Blues having scored seven times while back with the club from whom he joined Town in January 2018.

Speaking in April, Drinan, who won his fourth Republic of Ireland U21 cap as a late sub as his side was beaten 2-0 by Brazil in the semi-final of the Maurice Revello Toulon Tournament this afternoon, said he hoped his goalscoring form with Waterford would put him in manager Paul Lambert’s plans with U23s coaches Gerard Nash and Chris Hogg reviewing footage of his performances.

"It gives something for the gaffer to think about if I'm scoring over here because obviously they've got relegated. It will be good if I keep the run going,” he said.

Drinan, who will hope to make his first Irish U21s start in Saturday’s Maurice Revello Toulon Tournament third-place play-off against Mexico before returning to Playford Road ahead of the start of pre-season training on June 24th, is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues but has been on the bench on five occasions.

A former Cork City youth player, Drinan is contracted to Town until the summer of 2021.

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MooseJuice added 19:54 - Jun 12
I'm not sure what sort of level Waterford is, but having checked their Facebook supporters page they seem to genuinely think he'll be missed. Wonder if Lambert does actually want to have a look at him or whether he's being moved on.

CI_ITFC added 20:39 - Jun 12
He needs to push on this season and put pressure on the first team starters, otherwise its back to Waterford unfortunately.

brian_a_mul added 22:04 - Jun 12
He has really impressed at Waterford. Its a good standard with some decent teams at Championship level. On average the league would be on par with League 1. Drinan could thrive with the quality we have in midfield

algarvefan added 23:24 - Jun 12
What's to lose, lets have a look at him pre-season and give the lad a go.

harlingblue added 00:49 - Jun 13
It is time for Town to give Drinan a fair chance, he works hard and could become a good partner for Norwood?

TWBlue added 06:45 - Jun 13
Not entirely sure he feels part of the cub (possibly understandably) with the words “they got relegated”? It does assume the quote was accurate of course....

Radlett_blue added 09:49 - Jun 13
Unless he seriously impresses in pre-season, Drinan does look like one of those many young players we've signed, never given a chance & then moved on, only for them to do well elsewhere and us regret it. See Rhodes, Marriot, Hourihane, Clarke, Moore etc etc.

SamWhiteUK added 10:02 - Jun 13
Always thought this was a funny one. I don't think I've seen a single article about him being involved in any Town team, always loans etc. When we signed him a lot of us thought he could be the next Murphy. Seems to be a lot written about him considering how involved with the squad he is, i.e. not at all. This is his third manager and he still seems to be on the outskirts, you'd think he'd either be near the team or out of the club by now. Let's see this time around

dirtydingusmagee added 10:33 - Jun 13
a bit of a mystery man, so far just been a name on the books, guess he will be assessed and decision made before new season starts.

PortmanTerrorist added 11:35 - Jun 13
We can't afford not to give him a chance. There are even more games next season and we cannot play Norwood in every game in League 1, the Carabao Cup, EFL Trophy and FA Cup !

Given no one seems completely sold on Jackson (promising though he may be), that Sears cannot be guaranteed to contribute even if he gets fit, and given the one area we don't have youth coming through in is the Number 9 position, so there has to be a chance if he is motivated and good enough to impress PL.

runningout added 11:49 - Jun 13
This season will be good opportunity for all. Even with a few more needed signings

nathitfc89 added 13:36 - Jun 13
if he has a good pre season and take that into the league matches i don't see why he couldn't be a regular on the team sheet week in week out. he is no worse then what we already have. give the lad a chance

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 19:38 - Jun 13
Obviously PL thinks he's at least worth his chance, or he wouldn't bring him back. If he takes it, great; if he doesn't, he doesn't get picked. Simple! Good luck to him.

ohmycampo added 21:14 - Jun 13
Get rid!

runningout added 09:09 - Jun 14
slightly concerning we haven’t bought in more already. We have been a joke and are not in a position to hang around like we have been used to

Northstandveteran added 14:48 - Jun 14
I was expecting him to leave....but Millwall?!

Linkboy13 added 23:26 - Jun 14
To be given a chance he's got to earn it last season he was on loan at Sutton United and was not a regular starter for them watched him regularly for the under 23s he was at most average we are are over loaded with strikers cant see where he's going to fit in.

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