Dundalk FC is delighted to announce the signing of Sam Durrant.

The 21-year-old attacker arrives at Oriel Park on a free transfer, subject to international clearance, following the expiration of his contract at Sheffield Wednesday.

A former youth player at Everton and Liverpool, Durrant also had a four-year spell with Blackburn Rovers, where he played alongside Louie Annesley in the club’s U23 team.

He moved to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2022 and made his first-team debut for the Owls on the final day of the League One season in May.

“Sam was here for a couple of days before our European game in Gibraltar recently and he did really well,” said Lilywhites head coach Stephen O’Donnell.

“We wanted to see how the first round in Europe went and when we qualified we wanted to pursue it so we’re delighted to get him in until the end of the season.”

L-R: Paul Doyle, Sam Durrant, Andy Boyle, and Louie Annesley. Photo: Ciaran Culligan

Durrant is our second new arrival in as many days, following Daryl Horgan’s return on Tuesday.

“Because of Daryl’s reputation and familiarity, Sam will obviously go under the radar a bit,” said O’Donnell, “but I think he’s a player that can add to us in attacking areas and he looks sharp.”

Sam trained with his new teammates on Wednesday but is ineligible for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round tie with KA Akureyri.

Pending international clearance, he will be available for Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division fixture with Shelbourne at Oriel Park.

“I really enjoyed the few days I had here previously,” he told dundalkfc.com after completing his move to Oriel Park on Wednesday. “It’s a really good group and I got to know what the club is all about so I can’t wait to get started.

“I like to get on the ball and be creative and I think I can really be an asset to the team,” he added. “I’ve been keeping fit and I feel fit and sharp so hopefully I can play a part on Sunday.”