Boreham Wood midfielder Conor Clifford has left the club for a side already qualified for next seasons Champions League.

The 25 year old Dubliner has moved to the Irish champions, Dundalk FC for an undisclosed fee, ahead of the start of the new League of Ireland season.

Clifford was highly thought of at the start of his career, captaining Chelsea to Youth Cup victory in 2010. After a series of loan moves he moved to Leicester City but failed to make an impact.

Finally settling at Southend United, he helped with their promotion to League One in 2015. After being released he then signed for the Wood.

Having been capped at every youth level for the Republic of Ireland, he was called up to the first team by Giovanni Trapattoni for a World Cup qualifier in 2012 but did not make it onto the pitch.

Speaking to the club website on the move, Boreham Wood Chairman Danny Hunter said,

“In truth we didn’t want Conor to leave us. That said I spoke with him at length and he just felt he’d been away from his native Dublin for over 10 years now and it was time for him to return home.”

“My abiding memory of Conor, will be him smashing home our winning penalty at Aldershot last season. It gave us a 2-1 win and lifeline with just two games to go, we took the lifeline, we stayed up with the lads help and we haven’t looked back since.”

Boreham Wood are currently mid-table in the National League and appear safe from relegation. Come July, as his former team-mates will be preparing for another season in England’s fifth tier, Clifford will be lining up in a Champions League qualifier for his new side.

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