Lincoln City midfielder Michael O’Connor has left the club to sign for Salford City in League Two.
The 32-year-old was a title winner at that level with the Imps last season and has been a regular in their side in the third tier. His contract was up at the end of the season and with that in mind, Salford have paid an undisclosed fee to snare his services for 18 months.
The popular Irishman was in his second spell with Lincoln, having played for them on loan a decade ago from Crewe Alexandra. He counts Port Vale, Notts County and Scunthorpe United as former clubs, but is perhaps best known for his time with Rotherham United.
He excelled for the Millers as they went from League Two to the Championship, picking up Northern Ireland caps along the way.
He becomes the second Imp to move to Salford, following Bruno Andrade’s shock move on Monday. He’s the fourth player in two years to make the switch; Nathan Arnold moved there in January 2018 and Matt Green did the same in 2019.
O’Connor played 22 times for Michael Appleton’s side this season, scoring on the opening day of the season against Accrington Stanley. He’s been a popular figure at Sincil Bank and the feeling is he’s left with their very best wishes, as you’ll see below.
Fantastic player and always brilliant with the kids when he came to sessions with us at Football in the Community!
— Adam Dunleavy (@dunleavy_adam) January 15, 2020
I love what the manager is doing but I do think this is a huge mistake bin one of our best player this season all the best @michaeloconnor8 ?⚪️?⚪️
— gavinhughes22 (@gavinhughes9) January 15, 2020
All the best from your mates at Saxilby Imps ..always gave 110% for The Imps..good luck at your new club Michael .⚽️?
— Mark Radcliff/Radish the Imp . (@radcliff_mr) January 15, 2020
Gutted rated him highly but wish him all the best , big loss for me
— Steve Donner (@donnersteve7) January 15, 2020
Gutted but not bad business on a purely financial side.
— Ryan Whelan (@mrweasley93) January 15, 2020
You will be sorely missed @michaeloconnor8 but wishing you the very best with your move
— Jane Churchill (@churchybabes) January 15, 2020
Great player battled back from injury to put in huge performances for the imps this season ??
— SteveAKABob (@Steve1193imp) January 15, 2020