St Patrick's Athletic defender Luke McNally has joined English League One side Oxford United for an undisclosed fee. 

The 21-year-old centre-half played every minute of every league game during the 2020 campaign and was named St Patrick’s Athletic Young Player Of The Year.

The Enfield native arrived from Drogheda United in the summer of 2017 and quickly progressed, signing his first professional contract in January 2019 before going on loan to the Drogs. 

McNally played a key role in their First Division promotion push under Tim Clancy that season, famously scoring a hat-trick against Cabinteely in the play-offs. 

The Republic of Ireland underage international returned to Richmond Park at the start of last season and caught the eye with a number of outstanding performances. 

"I’m really happy to have signed for Oxford United and I can’t wait to get going now," McNally told St Pat's TV of his move to a side currently occupying 11th spot in the third tier of English football. 

"This is a big opportunity for me and one I’m really looking forward to. It’s every kid’s dream to move to England to play football. I’ve had good conversations with the manager (Karl Robinson) and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me.

"I want to thank everyone at St Pat's, and those at Drogheda United, for what has been a brilliant few years for me on and off the pitch. I've gained great experience and enjoyed every minute of my time at St Pat's, from the academy into the first team and my loan at Drogheda."

Saints head coach Stephen O’Donnell said: "It’s been a pleasure working with and developing Luke over the last year and we wish him all the best in his new adventure.

"He has done his business right and applied himself really well at St Pat’s, and he now has an opportunity to go and pursue his dreams in the UK.

"He has shown great potential, everyone from the club, myself, the staff, players and supporters wish him all the best and we’ll be following his career closely."