Lee Sinnott has bolstered Altrincham’s midfield for next season by capturing experienced former Republic of Ireland under-21 international Josh O’Keefe from Vanarama Conference rivals Kidderminster Harriers.
After releasing Peter Cavanagh and Sean Williams at the end of last season, midfield was one of the priority areas for the Alty manager, and he was delighted to have attracted 26-year old O’Keefe to The J. Davidson Stadium.
“He was at Hereford United before Kidderminster, so he comes here with the right pedigree and experience, and the good thing is, he’s just approaching his prime years,” said Sinnott. “He fits the bill in many ways, when you consider the players who left the club.
“At 6`3”, and with an engine that gets him from box to box, I can see him being a valuable addition to the club. I know all about his history, and it includes having an eye for goal. Looking at areas we need to improve on, I’d say he ticks a lot of boxes.
“I’m looking to bring in a couple of midfielders, and I’m delighted Josh is the first. He’s a big lad and he’s also left footed, which stands out a bit for me. In a perfect scenario, you want your left-back, left centre-back and left central midfielder to be left footed. It provides a nice balance, and he will help in that respect.
“If you look at his strengths, he has always scored goals, particularly in his time at Hereford [where he also took penalties]and he has good energy levels. You need players to be adaptable, to be able to fit into whatever system you want to use, and I don’t think Josh will have a problem with that.”
O`Keefe was at Walsall before moving to Lincoln City. A loan spell with Southport followed before he joined Hereford and then Kidderminster.
Loan spells at AFC Telford United and Chester FC occupied the autumn/winter period of 2014.