16. AARON DRINAN

Mark Kerr has moved to make his first signing of the January transfer window, adding 21-year-old striker Aaron Drinan on loan from Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy signed the Irishman from Waterford in January 2018, after the frontman impressed the former Republic of Ireland manager during Waterford’s 2017 League of Ireland First Division title win. Aaron signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the East Anglian club which runs until the summer of 2021.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”We have been tracking Aaron for some time now and were delighted to be able to get him up to train with us. He really impressed us at training and fitted in with the rest of the team straight away. He is a different striker to what we have got already, he has good height and will be able to stretch the game for us. He has already had a couple of loans and played for Ireland under 21s so we are getting him at the right time. Aaron is hungry to succeed and we are thrilled to have got him.

While yet to make his senior debut for the Tractor Boys under new manager Paul Lambert, Aaron has gained first team experience from loan spells at National League side Sutton United, in the League of Ireland and, most recently, the Swedish second tier, in addition to gaining seven Under 21 caps.

Last year he returned to Waterford on loan ahead of the 2019 SSE Airtricity Premier League season, scoring seven times in 18 appearances before heading back to Ipswich at the end of June. Two months later, he made the switch to GAIS in Sweden’s second tier. Aaron played eight games for the Gothenburg-based side up until the end of the Swedish season in November.

Aaron joins the Honest Men until the end of the season.

Age: 21

Date of Birth: 06/05/1998