Joey O’Brien, 29, is an Irish footballer who plays as a full-back for Premier League side West Ham United.
O’Brien started his career at Bolton Wanderers in 2004, after being a part of their youth setup since 2002.
However, in 2004, O’Brien was loaned out to Sheffield United where he scored 2 goals in 15 games.
Upon returning to Bolton, O’Brien made his Premier League debut in May 2005 against Everton when coming on as a late substitute in place of Fernando Hierro.
He was given his first start in Bolton’s colours in their away UEFA Cup 1st Round tie with PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in September 2005.
O’Brien missed most of the 2006–07 season due to injury, however he made his return for Bolton and played most of the 2007–08 season in his natural midfield role, as opposed to the right-back position which he had been used two years previous.
In July 2011, he was handed a trial by West Ham United. He featured in pre-season friendlies against BSC Young Boys and F.C. Basel before being signed on 30 July on a free transfer, after penning a two-year contract.
O’Brien is yet to make an appearance this season.
After joining on a free transfer, any money raised by the sale of O’Brien will see West Ham make profit on the player.
Here, FLW’s Jack Smillie selects FIVE Championship clubs that could benefit from O’Brien’s services……
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