Crewe Alexandra have announced that defender Connor O’Riordan has signed a contract extension with the club, the young defender is contracted initially to 2025 with the option of extending it further.
O’Riordan, 18, has come through the club’s Academy system, spending time on loan at Northern Premier League clubs Kidsgrove Athletic and Nantwich Town before making his Alex first-team debut in December’s EFL Trophy win against Doncaster Rovers, the first of his 13 appearances as the club were relegated to League 2.
He was also called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-20s squad in March for their game against Ireland Amateurs.
What does this mean going forward?
He’s a player that came into the team in the middle of last season which allowed experienced defenders Donervon Daniels and Terell Thomas to be able to leave the club in January (though we should have brought in a more experienced defender to try and save our League 1 status).
The deal means that he becomes the only player at the club contracted for the next 3 seasons (you can see the length of other contracts here) and that can only be good for the club as he gets to the level of his potential, hopefully rising through the leagues with the Railwaymen.