Roar, Mariners linked to Irish striker

Former Sunderland striker Roy O’Donovan is targeting a move to Australia and is being monitored by A-League clubs.

O’Donovan, who has most recently been with Singapore club Brunei DPMM, played in the Premier League in the 2007-2008 season and has also had stints in the Scottish Premier League and in the English Championship.

FourFourTwo understands the Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar are considering signing the 29-year old forward.

The success of fellow Irishman Andy Keogh at Perth Glory has alerted A-League clubs to O’Donovan’s availability.

The striker was a junior with Coventry City and was signed by then Sunderland manager Roy Keane in 2007. He made 17 Premier League appearances and then spent time on loan at Dundee United, Blackpool, Southend United and Hartlepool United.

In 2010 O’Donovan signed a three-year deal with Coventry City but then went on loan to Hibernian in 2012, eventually joining English club Northampton Town permanently in January 2013.

After scoring six goals in 30 appearances for Northampton, he signed with Brunei DPMM as their marquee player in the S-League in January last year. He banged 15 goals in 24 games for the Brunei club.

Over his career O’Donovan has managed 88 goals in 268 appearances. He has also represented Ireland at Under-21 level, with one goal from eight caps, and has played twice for the Republic’s B team.

Brisbane Roar is on the hunt for a striker, after releasing Albanian Mensur Kurtisi, while Central Coast Mariners also have room on their books after the departure of forward Malik Mane.