Former Sheffield Wednesday defender completes move to Greater Manchester

Connor O’Grady, who came through the ranks at Sheffield Wednesday as a youngster, has completed a move to Stalybridge Celtic ahead of the 2021/22 season.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:16 pm
Former Sheffield Wednesday player Connor O'Grady has signed for Stalybridge Celtic.
Former Sheffield Wednesday player Connor O'Grady has signed for Stalybridge Celtic.

O’Grady, now 23, made his debut for the Owls back in 2016 during an EFL Cup defeat to Cambridge United, and also appeared in the FA Cup a couple of years later as Wednesday beat Carlisle United 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Since leaving Wednesday in 2019, the defender has been playing for Buxton in the Northern Premier League, but has now made the move to Bower Field as they look to start building a squad that could potentially challenge for promotion into the National League North.

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Stalybridge manager, Simon Haworth, says that his ‘good education’ at Hillsborough was part of the attraction, telling the club’s official website, “Connor is another good player that has come to us… Connor is a quality young centre back, he’s got his non-league experience from Buxton on the back of his good education at Sheffield Wednesday so he’s really appealing to us.

“We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to capture his signing. We think he needs to come in and play games and get a manager that backs him and that’s what I intend to do.

“I think you’ll see a really good player develop for us.”

Meanwhile, the player himself spoke of his excitement at joining the club, saying, “Connor said: “I’m ready for the opportunity to play regularly first-team (football) week in week out, the manager has instilled a bit of confidence in me and I’m excited to get going.”

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