Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tough Young Gun Targets First Team

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tough Young Gun Targets First Team

Article excerpt

CITY starlet Jack Byrne is set for the next phase of his football education with a loan move to Championship outfit Blackburn.

The 20-year-old midfielder had a successful season at Cambuur in the Dutch league last season, scoring four goals in 27 games as the Eredivisie minnows were relegated.

But Byrne's own performances turned a few heads, and in March he was called up to train with the senior Republic of Ireland squad as Martin O'Neill wanted to take a look.

Byrne did not make the cut for the Euros, but he left an impression with his precise passing, battling qualities - and his confidence.

His old City elite development squad boss Patrick Vieira has likened Byrne to United legends Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. …

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