Imps land towering 16-y/o Irish defender from Derry City

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The Imps have secured the services of Northern Ireland U16 defender Bobby Deane from Derry City, as reported by the Derry Journal.

Deane will follow in the footsteps of Sean Roughan, who recently penned his first professional deal, in joining our academy and continuing his studies in the framework set up by Jez George. Jez has been influential in our search of Ireland for young talent and a driving force behind us introducing an Irish tutor to help these youngsters continue their studies.

That is one factor that has been cited in us capturing Deane, a centre back who has played for Northern Ireland Under 16s. He’s recently been with Derry City, but will now join up with our academy for two years. Their Academy Director Paddy McCourt explained how the youngster came to wind up with our club.

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“Bobby came through the youth academy at Tristar and they deserve a lot of credit for his early development. He was also involved in the Northern Ireland youth set-up and moved to Maiden City where he also did very well before coming here 18 months ago,” he said.

“He is a very intelligent lad and while he is totally committed to his football, his education is equally important. That has been a major factor in his move to England.”

That is where our current youth set up offers us an advantage, with the Irish tutor already in place, something that has been key in attracting the talented defender.

“Lincoln made contact with us and we were happy to see Bobby go there on trial. They also arranged for him to continue his studies and having been over there a few times now they have been able to agree on a plan that allows him to continue his studies and play football.”

“He is a really good player and a very modest fella and we are pleased to have played a part in Bobby’s continued development under his coaches at Derry City.”

It’s thought we’ve been tracking the towering defender for a while now and whilst you may not immediately hear his name around the club, it is surely hoped he’ll follow in Sean Roughan’s footsteps in earning a professional deal in a year or two.

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