Dundalk have confirmed that Patrick McEleney has joined Oldham Athletic.
The 25 year old has joined the League One side on a two-and-a-half year contract after a hugely impressive season for the Lilywhites.
McEleney emerged as Stephen Kenny’s most important player following several high profile departures, and scored 13 goals in 49 appearances for the club.
CONFIRMED | Patrick McEleney has left the club to join @OfficialOAFC. We would like to thank Patrick for his effort, commitment and professionalism and we wish him all the very best in his future career 👍 https://t.co/jfNgmlBWVk
â€” Dundalk FC (@DundalkFC) December 29, 2017
The move to Oldham marks McEleney’s return to English football, as he spent three months with Sunderland before joining Derry City in 2010.
â€œIt was an easy decision after I met the manager and I had been around the place,” McEleney said.
â€œThe style of play is going to suit me and Iâ€™m looking forward to getting started now.
â€œMy first target is to get into the team and then after that Iâ€™ll take it from there.
â€œGetting into the team is the main thing because I canâ€™t just expect to roll up and jump straight in, I need to get myself fit and get myself sharp but I back myself to do well.â€
Latics boss Richie Wellans has also expressed his excitement at working with the former Dundalk playmaker.
â€œHeâ€™s two footed, he can go either way and he can dribble past players and I think weâ€™ve lacked a bit of that,” he said.
â€œWeâ€™ve got really good footballers who get in pockets of space and Patrick will give us a different dimension.
â€œHe can go past players, he can score goals and heâ€™s got good delivery as well.
â€œHeâ€™s a player that Iâ€™m looking forward to working with and heâ€™s the type of character you want in the building.â€
McEleney will link up with Richie Wellans’ squad on the first of January.