Article by Kieran Burke.
Less than 48 hours after announcing his departure from Longford Town FC, the Midlanders all-time leading goal-scorer David O’Sullivan has signed for First Division rivals Shelbourne.
Saying an emotional goodbye to the club he had served with great esteem for the past five seasons on Wednesday, O’Sullivan’s arrival at Tolka Park is sure to inject a new lease of belief into Owen Heary’s charges. Ironically, O’Sullivan’s arrival at ‘’Shels’’ sees him become the fifteenth member signed up for the ‘’Reds’’ 2018, the number 15 of course made famous by O’Sullivan during his record breaking spell with Longford.
While some Town fans have expressed their shock at O’Sullivans’s move to Shelbourne, it should come as little surprise given the strikers full-time job in a Dublin bank restricting his choices to part-time clubs in the Dublin area. Bohemians had made serious attempts to sign the Wicklow man back in 2013 but it is Tolka Park where the thirty-year-old will now continue his LOI career.
With O’Sullivan joining forces with James English, Jamie Doyle, Adam Evans, Dylan Kavanagh, Gavin Boyne, Dylan Grimes, James O’Brien, Mark Hughes, Aidan Collins, James Brown, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Lee Steacy and Dean Delany for next season, hopes will be high that the Drumcondra outfit can make a real go of a promotion push with the FAI announcing yesterday that three play-offs places will be available in the First Division in addition to the automatic promotion slot for the champions.
O’Sullivan scored a record 82 goals in 160 appearances under Tony Cousins, Gary Cronin, Alan Mathews and finally Neale Fenn during his five-season stint with ‘’De Town’’ as his 21 league goals in 2014 fired the 2004 FAI cup winners to the First Division title for the first time in the clubs 93 year history.
Longford Town fans will now wait in anticipation for the fixture list release on December 19th to see when they can expect a reunion with their legendary ex-striker.