Ireland under-21 star Festy Ebosele has joined the Derby County exodus to pen a 5 12 months cope with Serie A outfit Udinese.
The 19-year-old is the second Irishman within the door in Udine after the bianconeri splashed out within the area of €500,000 on James Abankwah from St Patrick’s Athletic.
And the pair will hyperlink up collectively in the summertime as Ebosele makes the transfer on the finish of his contract with Derby, who’re in administration and going through the specter of liquidation.
The midlands membership’s lack of ability to supply a brand new contract to Ebosele, who was named within the under-21 squad to face Sweden later this month, opened the door for Udinese.
Enniscorthy native Ebosele got here by the ranks with native membership Moyne Rangers earlier than becoming a member of the St Joseph’s Boys/Bray Wanderers academy and transferring to Derby at 16.
He made his debut for Derby in a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Chorley in January 2021 and rapidly established himself as a daily in Wayne Rooney’s facet.
The winger, who snug on each side and equally adept at wing-back, has made 30 appearances in all competitions up to now this season, scoring three targets.
He got here up towards Italian opposition for the Irish under-21s earlier this 12 months as they have been defeated 1-0 at house to Italy.
Ebosele was additionally a part of Colin O’Brien’s under-17 squad when Ireland hosted the European Championships in 2019, taking part in all three video games.
Speaking on the unveiling of the Republic of Ireland senior squad final week, Stephen Kenny stated he’s very proud of Ebosele’s improvement up to now.
“I’d have been happy for him to say at Derby to develop. Wayne Rooney has done a terrific job developing those young players,” said Kenny.
“I’m not towards the very fact he will Italy. If he will play often, nice. I feel the important thing factor is wherever he goes he will get the chance to play.”