MANCHESTER City have shown that they are serious about the potential offered by Ireland U21 cap Jack Byrne after the club tied him down on a new three-year deal.
Dubliner Byrne has yet to break into the first team at City but featured regularly for their U21 squad last season and also broke into the Ireland U21 side. And the 19-year-old last night put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him at City until 2018.
On social media, Byrne's brother pointed out that the deal was signed on the eighth anniversary of their father's death - and the player said he was "delighted" to have the deal sorted. Last week Byrne was linked with a season-long loan move to Dutch side Cambuur as the attacking midfielder, who came through the ranks at St Kevin's Boys, faces a tough task in breaking into the first team at City.
In recent times, academy products Greg Cunningham and Stephen Ireland played Premier League football and won Ireland caps while at City, but they had to leave the club to further their careers, as did compatriots Glenn Whelan and Stephen Elliott.
Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King is a big admirer of Byrne and Roy Keane has also name-checked the Dubliner as a player with real future potential.
Delighted and proud to sign a new 3 year deal today with @MCFC