KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Shane O'Neill has finally found a team as it was announced on Monday that the defender signed with Dutch Eredivisie team SBV Excelsior.
O'Neill has signed a one-year deal with the team, with an option for a second.
The 23-year-old started his professional career with the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer before making a surprise move Cyprus in August 2015 to sign with Apollon Limassol for an undisclosed transfer fee. However, he would not step foot on the field for the team as he was immediately sent out on loan to Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium's Pro League followed by another move to Cambridge United in England's League Two.
While rarely playing for those teams, O'Neill would find success in the Netherlands during the 2016-2017 season as he was again sent out on loan, this time to NAC Breda. He would prove to be a catalyst for the team's success as he helped them earn promotion back to the Eredivisie. In his time with the team, he made 29 appearances and scored a goal.
It was expected that the Irish-born defender would make a permanent move to Breda during the summer transfer window. However, a deal would not go through as they and Limassol could not agree to a fee.
This allowed Excelsior to swoop in and sign the player for the season.
O'Neill will not be alone at the Rotterdam-based team as fellow American Desevio Payne is on the books following his signing with the team early in the summer.