New recruit: All about Aiden O'Brien

Phil Parkinson made his first recruit of the summer today as Republic of Ireland international Aiden O’Brien signed for Sunderland.

Following the announcement of his arrival on Wearside, here’s everything you need to know about the striker…

O’Brien progressed through the ranks at Millwall and went on to spend nine years with the Lions.

During that time, the 26-year-old enjoyed loan spells with Staines Town, Hayes and Yeading United, Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and Torquay United.

In 2017, O’Brien was a constant feature in the Millwall side that gained promotion from Sky Bet League One, where he contributed with 15 goals, despite predominantly starting left-wing. 

Although born in London, O’Brien qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level and his form at the Den saw him earn his first call-up in 2018.

He marked his debut in style by scoring Ireland’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Poland, nodding home a front-post header.

O’Brien has made 250 career appearances, scoring 47 and adding 15 assists. 

Born on 4 October, he shares his birthday with Sunderland legend Charlie Hurley.

He joins the as the Lads’ first summer signing ahead of the 2020-21 Sky Bet League One campaign after leaving Millwall earlier this month.

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