|Full name||Aaron John Drinan|
|Date of birth||6 May 1998|
|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|2018||→ Sutton United (loan)||18||(0)|
|2019||→ Waterford (loan)||18||(7)|
|2019||→ GAIS (loan)||5||(0)|
|2020||→ Ayr United (loan)||5||(1)|
|2019–||Republic of Ireland U21||7||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:03, 24 April 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:43, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
Drinan began playing football with his local side Carrigaline United, impressing enough to earn a move to Cobh Ramblers, where he would play with their Under-19 side for a short time in early 2015 before moving to their rivals Cork City in the summer of 2015 where he would play until the end of the 2017 season. During his time at Cork's under-19 side, he played alongside Chiedozie Ogbene, Cian Coleman and Conor McCarthy among others.
Drinan won his first title with Cork City Under 19's with a win over Limerick at Markets Field on 15 December 2015. His first appearance for the first team came on 9 June 2016, playing 85 minutes of a friendly against Fulham. He was part of the side to the Enda McGuill Cup in September 2016, beating St Patrick's Athletic in the final and qualifying for the UEFA Youth League in the process. Drinan impressed in the UEFA Youth League, scoring the winner in a 1–0 win on aggregate against HJK Helsinki of Finland as well as scoring an equaliser against Italian giants AS Roma. His first involvement in a first team squad for a league game was on 23 June 2017 when he was an unused substitute in a 2–1 win over Derry City at Maginn Park.
Drinan dropped down a division to sign for Waterford of the League of Ireland First Division in July 2017, making his competitive debut in senior football away to Cabinteely on 4 August 2017. He scored the first goal of his senior career on 1 September 2017, scoring in a 1–1 draw with Shelbourne at the RSC. Drinan finished up the season with 5 appearances and 1 goal to his name as Waterford won the League of Ireland First Division, resulting in his first taste of silverware at senior level.
Drinan began training with EFL Championship side Ipswich Town in October 2017 and was announced as a new signing by manager Mick McCarthy on 4 January 2018, signing a three and a half year contract. He was an unused substitute in 4 EFL Championship games and 1 FA Cup game for Ipswich but failed to make his first team debut as his side finished in 12th place.
On 15 February 2019, it as announced that Drinan had signed for his old club Waterford on loan until the summer. His loan was a huge success, scoring 7 goals in 18 league games. His form had Waterford looking to extend the loan, but this proved to be unsuccessful, with Ipswich wanting the player to return.
Drinan signed for Swedish Superettan side GAIS on 8 August 2019. He made his debut away to Dalkurd FF on 18 August 2019. He returned to Ipswich Town in November at the end of his loan which saw him make 9 appearances for GAIS.
He signed for Scottish Championship side Ayr United on loan on 17 January 2020. His debut came the next day in a 1–0 Scottish Cup win over Ross County to earn a 5th Round tie with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone.
Return to Ipswich
After 2 and a half years at Ipswich, Drinian made his full debut for the club on 5 September 2020 in a 3–0 win against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup, assisting first goal scored by teammate Freddie Sears. He scored his first goal for the club on 30 January 2021, in a 1–1 draw with Crewe Alexandra. On 10 May 2021, Ipswich announced that they had taken up the option to extend Drinan's contract by an additional year, keeping him under contract until 2022.
Drinan received his first call up to the Republic of Ireland U21 national team in February 2019 for a training camp at the FAI National Training Centre. He made his debut for the under-21's in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier on 24 March 2019, featuring as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 victory over Luxembourg in Dublin.
|Club||Division||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Waterford||League of Ireland First Division||2017||5||1||1||0||0||0||—||6||1|
|Sutton United (loan)||National League||2018–19||18||0||3||1||—||1||0||22||1|
|Waterford (loan)||League of Ireland Premier Division||2019||18||7||0||0||1||0||—||19||7|
|Ayr United (loan)||Scottish Championship||2019–20||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||7||2|
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