Joe Shaughnessy


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1992 (28 years old)

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Joe Shaughnessy (born 6 July 1992) is an Irish professional football defender who plays for Southend. Shaughnessy has also previously played for Aberdeen and on loan for Forfar Athletic and Falkirk. He has represented the Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team at international level.

His younger brother Conor is also a professional footballer and currently plays for Championship club Leeds United.

Shaughnessy signed for Aberdeen in June 2009, having previously played for Irish club Salthill Devon as a youngster. Shaughnessy made his debut on 14 May 2011 against Hibernian. A few days before making his debut, he signed a contract extension on a two-year deal.

On 30 August 2011, Shaughnessy went on loan to Forfar Athletic until January, along with Nicky Low. Shaughnessy made his debut for the club on 11 September 2011 in a 1–0 win against Brechin City. He then scored his first goal for the club, in a 4–2 win over Stirling Albion on 17 September 2011. Shaughnessy would score twice in two games; in a 4–3 loss against East Fife on 1 October 2011 and another in a 1–1 draw against Arbroath on 15 October 2011.

Ahead of the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, a tie against his parent club, manager Dick Campbell says he wouldn't put Shaughnessy and Low in the match against his parent club. Aberdeen won 4–0 and progressed to the next round. After impressing on loan, he went back to Forfar until the end of the 2011–12 season. He went on to make 26 appearance and scored three times.

Ahead of the 2012–13 season, manager Craig Brown believed Shaughnessy and Low had performed well at Forfar Athletic and considered him using them in the first team in the near future. In pre-season friendly matches, Shaughnessy scored twice in a 12–0 win over VfB Alstatte and a 2–1 win over Manchester United as part of Neil Simpson testimonial on 14 August 2012. On 7 December 2012, Shaughnessy signed a contract extension with Aberdeen until 2015. He scored his first competitive goal for Aberdeen four days later in the Scottish Cup 4th Round Replay win over Motherwell.

In the 2013–14 season, Shaughnessy played in the right-back position at the start of the season. Shaughnessy was even compared to Richard Gough, due to his playing style. Shaughnessy scored his first goal of the season, in the third round of the Scottish League Cup, in a 5–0 win over Falkirk. He then received a red card in a 2–0 win over Motherwell on 30 October 2013. It was his first red card of his professional career and this resulted in him missing some matches. Shaughnessy subsequently had his first team opportunities limited, as Shaleum Logan or Ryan Jack were preferred in the right-back position.

Shaughnessy did not start a game for Aberdeen in the early part of the 2014–15 season and was loaned to Falkirk. He made his debut on 6 September 2014, as Falkirk lost 1–0 against Stranraer in the Scottish Challenge Cup. After making nine appearance for the club, it was announced that Shaughnessy would return to his parent club on 3 January 2015. Following his return, Shaughnessy made two more appearance, including making his first start, in a 1-0 loss against St Johnstone in the last game of the season.

On 14 May 2015, Shaughnessy was named as one of seven players who would be leaving Aberdeen at the end of the season, having not been offered a new contract.

St Johnstone
Shaughnessy signed a pre-contract agreement with St Johnstone on 20 May 2015, agreeing a two-year deal.

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