National League Wrexham have signed Charlton Athletic defender Eoghan O’Connell for an undisclosed fee.
Cork-born O’Connell joined Celtic in 2011 and has also had spells at Bury and Rochdale before joining Charlton in the summer on a three-year deal.
The 27-year-old has made 17 League One starts for Charlton this season.
“It’s a club on the up. It’s an exciting part of the season to come in,” O’Connell said.
“The ambition of the Club, with the manager and players here, is obviously promotion so I’ll throw myself in and see how I can contribute to it.”
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson is keen to strengthen defensively due to injuries to Jordan Tunnicliffe and Aaron Hayden.
The centre-backs were injured early on in Sunday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round.
“I’m very pleased, Eoghan is a very strong signing for us, we had the disappointment of losing a couple of players over the weekend, but it was important we acted quickly,” Parkinson said.
The National League team’s owners, the Hollywood stars, announced the acquisition of Eoghan O’Connell from Charlton Athletic on Twitter. However, they did it in the amusing way that Wrexham supporters have been accustomed to in recent years — by writing a quick comedy skit.
The Irishman’s name is mispronounced in the footage by “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds, who is then corrected by a “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” pal.
Reynolds can be heard attempting to speak names correctly, including “Uwan” and “Ogan,” before McElhenney asks: “Why is it so difficult for you to pronounce Irish names? Irish names like McElhenney are not that difficult.
The Green Lantern actor, however, seems to be having no luck as he ends it with the word “Urgan.” Fans were in fits of laughter during the performance as they praised the inventiveness of the player reveal.
One Twitter user responded by writing: “This is my favourite ever deadline day announcement, and I don’t even support Wrexham.”
Another tweeted: “All transfers should be announced like this!” and a third added: “Next level transfer reveals. Love it.”
A fourth fan commented: “You are so damn funny,” while others replied with laughing face emojis and “Love these two.”