Outstanding former Leeds united and Reading man’s 'dream' as flying Portsmouth form hits new heights

The Galway-born defender has a claim to being Pompey's top performer this season - and has now set out his Republic of Ireland ambition.

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Conor Shaughnessy has spoken of his international ‘dream’ as his Pompey displays soar. The outstanding defender has outlined his Republic of Ireland aspirations, after a season in which his Blues form has gone from strength to strength.

Shaughnessy has been a revelation since his summer arrival as a free agent, after leaving Burton Albion.

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The 27-year-old's emergence has been one of the big success stories of the campaign, one few would have anticipated after he was left out of John Mousinho’s squad on the opening day against Bristol Rovers.

The former Leeds and Reading man has gone on to make 19 appearances, and score two dramatic late goals to deliver stoppage-time wins for his side.

While some of his team-mates are away with their countries, the Galway-born man has yet to receive any senior international recognition. That’s despite representing Republic of Ireland through the age groups up to under-21 level.

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Shaughnessy has the likes of Nathan Collins, Shane Duffy and Dara O'Shea in his way in Stephen Kenny’s squad, but is hoping focussing on continuing his excellent Pompey form will reap dividends internationally.

Shaughnessy said: ‘It’s always been a dream of mine to be there (for his country).

‘It’s difficult to get in there at the moment with the standard of player in my position. I don’t know, though. I suppose I have to keep at it here.

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‘It’s all out of my control, I suppose, but it’s a dream I’ve had since I was a child and something I’d never give up on.

‘It’s out of my hands and the thing I can control is how I perform here week in, week out. Hopefully if what I’m doing here picks up a bit of notice then brilliant.’

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