A strong and assured goalkeeper, Billy O’Brien proved his worth to earn a pro contract with City in July 2014.
Possessing excellent distribution and handling, the Bury-born keeper also has impressive reach thanks to his 6ft stature and is brilliant at claiming crosses, providing confidence for the defence in front of him.
A lively and outgoing character, Billy wore the no.1 shirt for the u18s in 2013/14 as they romped to the North Division title, and gained European experience as part of Patrick Vieira’s u19 UEFA Youth League squad.
His stunning save in the 1-0 last 16 win over Atletico was one of the standout moments from Billy's promising 2013/14 campaign.
After cutting his teeth at international level with Wales u19s, O'Brien spent the first part of the 2014/15 campaign on loan with Hyde FC.
He was the hero for City EDS in 2015/16 as he saved the crucial penalty against Bolton to put the Blues through to the Manchester Senior Cup final.
The Manchester-born stopper has started the 2016/17 campaign as captain of Simon Davies' EDS.