Irish star O’Dea free to find new club

Updated: June 3, 2012
Darren O'Dea

Republic of Ireland defender Darren O’Dea is set to use the European Championship as a springboard to securing a deal with a new club.

The versatile defender comfortable at either left back or centre back will become a free agent on June 30th after Celtic agreed to terminate his contract with the club rather than exercise an option to keep him and command a transfer fee.

O’Dea spent last season on loan with Championship side Leeds and in 6 years with the Glasgow side has also spent time on loan with Reading and Ipswich.

The 25 year old has enjoyed two successive season long loan deals away from Parkhead spending last season on loan with Championship side Leeds and the 2010/2011 season with Ipswich.

O’Dea joined the Glasgow side from Home Farm in 2006 as a teenager but in 6 years at the club has failed to make the breakthrough although he did manage to claim back to back SPL titles under Gordon Strachan.

One of his finest moments in a green and white shirt came during the 2009 League final when he scored the opener, in extra time, as Celtic beat arch rivals Rangers 2-0 to win the cup.

Speaking to the Irish times, O’Dea thanked Celtic Chief executive Peter Lawwell for taking the decision to allow him leave, saying “I’m leaving Celtic on a free transfer. I’m very happy. I spoke to Peter Lawwell and fair play to him, I’ve been leaving long enough and it was about time it was official.

“It was playing on my mind but fair play to Peter for cutting ties. It lets me get on with my career. It’s been happening for the last two and a half years anyway.”

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