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Joe Shaughnessy was born on 6th July 1992 and is from Ireland. The 27-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland under-21's national side on four occasions. The Irish defender also has a younger brother who is a professional footballer called Conor Shaughnessy, he is currently out on loan at Hearts from his parent club Leeds United.
Shaughnessy’s previous clubs have all been in Scotland. He started out his senior career at Aberdeen from 2009-2015. During this time he went out on two loan spells to two Scottish clubs Forfar Athletic in 2011/12, where he made 26 appearances, and Falkirk in 2014 until the start of January 2015. Shaughnessy signed for St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership in the summer of 2015 and was a first team regular for all the four years he was at the club for.
Career in statistics
At Aberdeen the 27-year-old made 59 appearances scoring two goals, he then made 37 appearances over two years while out on loan to Forfar and Falkirk. Shaughnessy then went onto make 167 appearances at St Johnstone, and scored nine goals while playing for the club. Over his entire career to date he has played 265 games and scored 14 goals.
Taste of Roots Hall
Shaughnessy is not new to playing in Southend United colours after playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Championship side Millwall. He stood out for his ability to win nearly every header that he challenged for and also his old school way of defending when going in for tackles.
Throughout his career Shaughnessy has been mainly used as a central defender, but he has also been able to play a right-back if needed to.