BURTON Albion have signed Plymouth defender Anthony O’Connor on a two-year deal.The 22-year-old is no stranger to Brewers fans after notching up more than 50 games for Albion in the 2012/13 season while on loan from Blackburn Rovers.
O’Connor was only 19 when he first arrived at the Pirelli Stadium, initially on a month’s loan. He came as a central defender but made the right back position his own with his loan deal extended twice.
He played a key part in driving Gary Rowett’s team into the League Two play offs.
The Irishman was a popular player with supporters but he returned to parent club Blackburn at the end of the season.
O’Connor spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Torquay before last year moving to Plymouth, first on loan and then on a permanent deal.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s League One squad is now taking shape with O’Connor joining midfielders Calum Butcher and Callum Reilly, defender Darius Charles and striker Timmy Thiele in signing for the Brewers.
Anthony O’Connor said “It feels great to be back.”
He added “Obviously this is the place where I spent my first season in the Football League.
“It was under a different manager then but I am really excited about working under the new gaffer here.
“When I played against Burton last season for Plymouth, I could really see how much the club had come on.”