Reigning Irish champions Dundalk have confirmed the signing of midfielder Conor Clifford from Boreham Wood. 

The Dubliner was captain of Chelsea’s 2010 FA Youth Cup-winning side after joining from Crumlin United, before having loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Portsmouth and Crawley Town.

He then moved to Leicester City and then on to Southend United before signing for Boreham Wood in 2015.

The 25-year-old has lined out for Ireland at under-17, 19 and under-21 levels, while he was called into the senior squad for a World Cup qualifier against Germany in 2012.

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter said: “In truth we didn’t want Conor to leave us. That said I spoke with him at length and he just felt he’d been away from his native Dublin for over ten years now and it was time for him to return home.

“He’s also joining the Irish champions, which is barely an hour away from his front door and with their pre-season starting as early as this week he can get up to speed with his new team-mates and settle in. He can I believe as Dundalk are the reigning Irish champions, look forward to a Champions League qualifier sometime in July.

“My abiding memory of Conor, will be him smashing home our winning penalty at Aldershot Town last season. It gave us a 2-1 win and lifeline with just two games to go, we took the lifeline, we stayed up with the lads help and we haven’t looked back since. As for the deal, it was in truth a very simple and speedy one. I’d like to thank both the Dundalk first-team manager Stephen Kenny and their general manager Martin Connolly for their help in putting it to bed so quickly and I hope Conor’s a huge success for them”.

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