Leinster Senior League star given dream opportunity in SPL
Leinster Senior League star Dean Ebbe is preparing to start a new life as a professional footballer in Scotland after a shock move to SPL strugglers Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Their manager Richie Foran has returned to his home town to recruit a new face from Bluebell United, a move that has raised eyebrows in Scottish circles where reports have focused in on the novelty of a player being signed from amateur football with references to 'Ireland's third tier' failing to explain the absence of any pyramid structure in this country.
Ebbe has agreed terms and his move will go through once international clearance is received. The 22-year-old has spent time on trial with the SPL's basement club and should be eligible for selection when they return to action from a short winter break.
The striker does have some League of Ireland experience. He was on the books of Shamrock Rovers but failed to break through to the first team and then had stints in the First Division with Athlone, Longford and Cabinteely where he was unable to set the world alight.
He opted to drop down to the junior ranks and signed up with AUL side Collinstown where he impressed and duly moved to Bluebell last summer. He was recommended to Foran who has opted to take a chance on the unknown quantity.
Ebbe becomes the latest player to use Bluebell as the platform to better things. Richie Towell had a spell there when he came home from Scotland before going to Dundalk and leading League of Ireland players Izzy Akinade and Brandon Miele also benefited from a stint there.
Inverness are facing into a relegation battle with three wins from 21 matches and they are a point behind 11th-placed Hamilton. A leaky defence has been their main problem with a total of 40 goals conceded explaining their predicament.
Meanwhile, Waterford United have continued their recruitment drive by naming another raft of additions to follow on from the confirmation of Pat Fenlon as director of football and Alan Reynolds as head coach.
They have signed Shane O'Connor from Cobh and ex-Aston Villa youth Robin Dempsey. James McClean's brother Patrick also completed his move on Tuesday.