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Bolton defender Andy O'Brien joins Leeds United on loan

Andy O'Brien
O'Brien is closing in on 500 career appearances

Leeds United have signed Andy O'Brien from Bolton on a one-month loan deal.

The 31-year-old centre-back was at Leeds as a schoolboy and returns to West Yorkshire having left Bradford City in 2001 after a five-year spell.

O'Brien told the club's website: "Football's a cut-throat business. To get an opportunity to play at such a big club is something you have to take.

"From my perspective, I'm here for a month, and I want to do well and get a place in the team."

O'Brien, who played 26 times for the Republic of Ireland before retiring from international football in 2008, joined Bolton from Portsmouth in 2007, and has made 68 league starts for the Trotters. However he has only featured in two Premier League and one League Cup match this season.

"I got a phone call from Owen Coyle and he said would I be interested. I said 'yes' and now I'm here," explained the Harrogate-born player.

"I've not played as much football as I would have liked. I am grateful for the opportunity, both to Leeds for wanting me and to Bolton for allowing me to come here.

"I'd like to think it's a win-win situation for Leeds as well because I am here to be working hard for a shirt."

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