Shamrock Rovers have confirmed that Joey O’Brien has declined an offer to re-sign with the club for next season and is accepting a coaching role as part of Damien Duff’s management team at Shelbourne.
O’Brien, 35, played an influential role in the Hoops’ march to back to back SSE Airtricity Premier Division titles and, prior to that, to winning the 2019 FAI Cup.
But he was immediately linked with joining Duff at Tolka Park when the former star winger took charge of the Reds, who had won promotion back to the top flight under Ian Morris.
Ahead of the final round of fixtures, Rovers say that former Ireland and West Ham defender O’Brien has “decided not to re-sign as a player for our 2022 squad”
A statement by the club added: “As a self-professed Rovers fan, we understand that this was not an easy decision for Joey to make and we wish him well.
“Signed in 2018, Joey made 85 appearances for the first team scoring four goals.
“He has been part of the playing group that has won a trophy in each of the last three seasons and will be missed by the squad, management, and the fans.
“An SRFCTV video with Joey will be published on www.shamrockrovers.ie on Tuesday where Joey recalls his best memories with the Hoops and says his goodbye to the fans.”