Monday 24 October 2016

One of Irish football's hottest prospects has secured a promising move to the Championship

Published 14/07/2016 | 20:03

The rise of Callum O'Dowda over the last couple of months has been interesting to follow.

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The winger was born in England, but is Irish qualified due to his grandfather. He was a surprise inclusion in Martin O'Neill's extended Euro 2016 squad, making his debut in the otherwise forgettable friendly against Belarus right before the final 23 was chosen.

It is a testament to how bright O'Dowda was in his cameo off the bench that many were tipping O'Neill to actually bring him to France.

That prospect didn't materialise but the 21-year-old's strong form has been rewarded. Bristol City today announced the signing of O'Dowda from Oxford United, which represents a step up for the winger.

Championship football, as opposed to League One, will definitely bring O'Dowda on and it will be interesting to see what role he plays in the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts this autumn.

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