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Aaron Drinan (born 6 May 1998) is an Irish professional footballer playing for Swedish Superettan club GAIS, on loan from EFL League One side Ipswich Town. He has previously played for League of Ireland sides Cork City and Waterford as well as Sutton United of the English National League.
Drinan played for Cobh Ramblers Under-19 side for a short time in early 2015 before moving to their rivals Cork City in the summer of 2015 where he would play until the end of the 2017 season. During his time at Cork's under-19 side, he played alongside Chiedozie Ogbene, Cian Coleman and Conor McCarthy among others.
Drinan won his first title with Cork City Under 19's with a win over Limerick at Markets Field on 15 December 2015. His first appearance for the first team came on 9 June 2016, playing 85 minutes of a friendly against Fulham. He was part of the side to the Enda McGuill Cup in September 2016, beating St Patrick's Athletic in the final and qualifying for the UEFA Youth League in the process. Drinan impressed in the UEFA Youth League, scoring the winner in a 1–0 win on aggregate against HJK Helsinki of Finland as well as scoring an equaliser against Italian giants AS Roma. His first involvement in a first team squad for a league game was on 23 June 2017 when he was an unused substitue in a 2–1 win over Derry City at Maginn Park. This was just Drinan's third time to make the bench in a competitive game for Cork, remaining an unused substitute in all three games. He decided to leave the club in search of first team football once the July transfer window opened.
Drinan dropped down a division to sign for Waterford of the League of Ireland First Division in July 2017, making his competitive debut in senior football away to Cabinteely on 4 August 2017. He scored the first goal of his senior career on 1 September 2017, scoring in a 1–1 draw with Shelbourne at the RSC. Drinan finished up the season with 5 appearances and 1 goal to his name as Waterford won the League of Ireland First Division, resulting in his first taste of silverware at senior level.
Drinan began training with EFL Championship side Ipswich Town in October 2017 and was announced as a new signing by manager Mick McCarthy on 4 January 2018. He was an unused substitue in 4 EFL Championship games and 1 FA Cup game for Ipswich but failed to make his first team debut as his side finished in 12th place.
Sutton United Loan
He joined National League side Sutton United on 1 August 2018. His first goal came on 20 October 2018 when he scored the winner against Wealdstone in the FA Cup. He returned to Ipswich before the end of the year.
On 15 February 2019, it as announced that Drinan had signed for his old club Waterford on loan until the summer. His loan was a huge succeess, scoring 7 goals in 18 league games. His form had Waterford looking to extend the loan, but this proved to be unsuccesful, with Ipswich wanting the player to return.
|Club||Division||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Cork City||League of Ireland Premier Division||2017||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Waterford||League of Ireland First Division||2017||5||1||1||0||0||0||—||6||1|
|Ipswich Town||EFL Championship||2017–18||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|Sutton United (loan)||National League||2018–19||18||0||3||1||—||1Template:Efn||0||22||1|
|Waterford (loan)||League of Ireland Premier Division||2019||18||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||19||7|
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