Rotherham United land winger Chiedozie Ogbene

By Paul Davis | 29/08/2019

Rotherham United land winger Chiedozie Ogbene
Chiedozie Ogbene

ROTHERHAM United today made Brentford flyer Chiedozie Ogbene their 11th signing of the summer.

Manager Paul Warne has been keen to land a winger for months and is excited by the pace and the potential of the 22-year-old Nigerian who played in Ireland before joining the Bees.

Ogbene has agreed a three-year deal at AESSEAL New York Stadium with an option for a further year.

"He gives us electric speed, which is what I want," said Warne. "He can play in a three up top if we need him to and he can also play in a position which lets me play with a midfield four. It's a win-win for me.

"He brings a lot of attributes. He's not dissimilar to Matt Olosunde really, I think. We just need to help him on certain aspects of his game. In fairness, most of the players we sign are that sort of project."

Ogbene came on as a substitute in Brentford's 4-2 win at New York in January and spent part of last season on loan at Exeter City.

"Hopefully we'll get the best out of him and the fans will enjoy watching him run up and down," Warne added.

Ogbene moved to Ireland when he was a youngster and was spotted by Rob Scott who was then working for Brentford but is now the Millers' head of recruitment.

Rotherham are believed to have paid a nominal fee.

OGBENE FACTS:

1. Born in Nigeria in 1997, Chiedozie Ogbene moved to Ireland with his family in 2005. He has two brothers and two sisters.

2. Ogbene took up Gaelic football and joined Nemo Rangers as well as lining up at schoolboy level for the neighbouring football club, Tramore Athletic.

3. As a regular in the under-19 side, Chiedozie helped Cork become the first Irish club to play in the UEFA Youth League, where they claimed a memorable victory at home to HJK Helsinki before losing out to Italian giants AS Roma over two legs.

4. Ogbene won the Football Association of Ireland Cup with Cork in 2016, his first piece of professional silverware.

5. He is eligible to represent Nigeria and the Republic of Ireland at international level.  

6. He has been a fan of Liverpool since childhood.

7. His idol is Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo. He plays in the same position and says he tries to mimic the Portuguese superstar's style of play.

8. Away from football, he enjoys swimming and would one day like to pursue his interest in physiotherapy.
 


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