• Tue, Jan 29, 2008 @ 14:28

St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce two new signings to add to the recent additions of Damien Lynch, Dessie Byrne and Bobby Ryan.

Centre-half Joe O'Cearuill has experience of playing for Ireland at both senior and under 21 level.

He has been capped at senior level for the Republic of Ireland against Bolivia and Ecuador in the summer of 2007 and is currently a regular with Don Given's under 21 European championship squad.

O'Cearuill began his career with Leyton Orient and went on to play youth football at Watford and Arsenal.

Following a loan spell with Brighton, he moved to Barnet in 2007 for whom he recently scored a penalty in their FA Cup win over Swindon.

Joe has signed a three year contract with the club and will go into the squad for Thursday's game at Sunderland.

St Pat's have also signed 29 year old Welsh International defender David Partridge.

The highly experienced Partridge has played Scottish Premier football over a six year spell, spending three seasons with both Dundee United and Motherwell.

Having represented Wales at underage level, David made his senior debut in 2005 and went on to make five appearances for his country in their 2005/2006 World Cup Campaign.

His last international game was against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2006.

‘Signing these two full international players on long contracts clearly shows to our supporters the club's commitment to strengthening the squad for the coming season', commented Brian Kerr, Director of Football at St Patrick's Athletic.

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