The 25-year-old said: “When I spoke to the chairman (Edin Rahic) and Greg Abbott they really sold the club to me.

“Their vision for the club and what they want to achieve – they are very ambitious people similar to myself.

“When you look round and see the size of the stadium and the fan base of the club – it’s something I really want to be part of and I’m glad that I’ve come and been able to get the deal over the line.”

And former Irish under-21 international O’Connor insisted not knowing the identity of the new boss was not a issue for him.

He said: “Whoever gets the job I’m sure they will work well with Greg and the chairman and the players.

“If we can all plug together and go in the same direction I am sure we can achieve something special.”