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Monday 24 September 2018

Hoban is heading to Dons

Hoban has been at Watford since he was 14. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / Sportsfile
Hoban has been at Watford since he was 14. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / Sportsfile

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has hailed the signing of former Ireland U21 cap Tommie Hoban on loan from Watford as a coup for the SPFL club.

Hoban (24) has been at Watford since he was 14, after a spell with Arsenal, and made his first team debut back in 2011. He helped the Hornets win promotion to the top flight in 2015.

Due to injury he has yet to play in the Premier League, spending last season on loan at Blackburn and he will ply his trade, also on loan, at Pittodrie in the coming season.

"First and foremost he's an excellent defender and it's well known that we've been in the market for another defender. To get a player of his quality from Watford is a great piece of business," says Dons boss McInnes. "Although he can play anywhere in the defence, centre back is his preferred position."

Having first played with Ireland at U17 level, Hoban has been capped 10 times by the Republic's U21s. He is ineligible for tonight's Europa League clash with Burnley.

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