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Rovers sign City starlet

29 June 2016

Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Manchester City midfielder Jack Byrne.

The Ireland Under-21 international, who is tipped to have a big future in the game, joins on a season-long loan from the Premier League giants.

Born in Dublin, Byrne moved to Manchester City at the age of 15 and quickly progressed through the club’s youth ranks.

A versatile midfielder, who is equally adept in a holding role or playing further forward, Byrne top scored for City in the inaugural season (2014-15) of the Under-19 UEFA Youth League, scoring six goals in eight games.

He spent last season on loan at Dutch top-flight side SC Cambuur and earned rave reviews for his performances in the Eredivisie. Byrne scored four goals in 27 games for Cambuur and became the youngest scorer in the club’s history, aged 19 years and 240 days, when he netted in the 4-1 win over Excelsior.

An Ireland international at all youth levels, Byrne was called up to train with the senior squad by manager Martin O’Neill in March, but missed out on a place at Euro 2016.

The exciting youngster, who possesses the technique, vision, passing ability and battling qualities to make it to the top, becomes Owen Coyle’s fifth summer signing and will join up with his new Rovers team-mates on Friday July 1st.

The club have been given permission for the 20-year-old to play for Rovers in this season’s EFL Cup and FA Cup competitions. 

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