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12 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
New Albion under-23 defender Warren O'Hora.

New Brighton & Hove Albion signing Warren O’Hora admitted there was no hesitation in his decision to sign for the club, and expressed his desire to continue his development on the south coast.

The central defender, who arrives from League of Ireland Premier Division club Bohemians, singled out Albion’s state-of-the-art training ground as one of the aspects that most attracted him to the club.

He said, “I was really interested to come over before Christmas to have a look around for two days. As soon as I was offered something here, I accepted and came back over straight away.

“The training ground is unbelievable, especially compared to the ones back home. It’s important for young players, to help their development.

“We all want to make it as professional footballers in the Premier League, so it helps to be at a good training ground with excellent surroundings every day.

“I just can’t wait to get started, get into the under-23s, get in the gym and work hard every day. Hopefully I can do well and play in the Premier League at some point.”

The Republic of Ireland under-19 international will join up with Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad for the remainder of the season, as he looks to contribute in their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign.

O’Hora added, “I’ve met a few of the lads already, there’s a few Irish boys here already and I’ve played with some of them at international level.

“The team is great and made me feel right at home straight away. Knowing people from home makes it a bit easier.”

The 18-year-old made 11 appearances for Bohemians after breaking into the first-team squad last season, and he reflected on those experiences, before commenting on his own attributes as a player.

“Playing first-team football was very physical and much quicker than under-19s football. I felt that I adapted well to it and learned a lot. It was a great step in my development.

“I’m a ball-playing centre-back, I read the game well and can be very physical when I want to be. That’s me, and I’m looking to kick on here.”

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