Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane has signed for Championship club Sheffield United on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old Hourihane spent the second half of last season on loan with Swansea City, enjoying a strong burst in form as part of their ultimately unsuccessful promotion drive.

His loan move to Sheffield United was made official after he completed his medical this afternoon. He joins up with fellow Irish internationals Enda Stevens and John Egan, along with former Republic of Ireland international David McGoldrick.

"I'm delighted to be here and cannot wait to get started," said Hourihane on signing for the Blades.

"I’ve played against Sheffield United a few times and it is an exciting club to be involved in. The manager here has a great reputation in the Championship, his Fulham team beat us in a play-off final a couple of years ago and I’m looking forward to working with him."

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Sheffield United were relegated from the Premier League last season, finishing in 20th spot after a difficult second season in the top flight.

Under new manager Slavisa Jokanovic, they have made a stuttering start to life in the second tier, earning just two points from their first five games.

Hourihane has been at Aston Villa since the 2016-17 season, a mainstay of their midfield during their years outside the top flight.

While he made 27 appearances during their first season back in the Premier League, he was out in the cold in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign, before departing for Swansea, where he scored five goals in 19 appearances as the Welsh outfit reached the promotion playoff, ultimately missing out.

Hourihane has made a total of 26 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, scoring one goal, in a 1-0 win over Georgia in March 2019.