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Video: Ireland under-19 star who scored Beckham-like goal signs first pro deal with Reading

Published 19/11/2013 | 15:49

Ireland under-19 star Liam Kelly has signed his first professional deal after his goal for Ireland against Sweden became a viral hit.

The 17-year-old playmaker, who has caught the eye for the Royals under-18s and under-21s sides - as well as at youth level for the Republic of Ireland, has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Liam is another born and bred Reading player having been at the club since the age of eight, and is the latest youngster from a long list to have come through our successful youth system at the Royals.

"It's a great feeling to have signed for my boyhood club," Liam told Readingfc.co.uk.

"Having seen the likes of Jake Taylor, Jordan Obita and Aaron Tshibola been given their chance, it gives us great motivation to work hard." 

His goal last month for Ireland brought him to the attention of football fans everywhere.

The magnificent strike secured the young Irish boys a 1-0 win and inevitably drew comparisons to David Beckham’s goal against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park all those years ago.

"The goal was absolutely unbelievable and I instantly thought of David Beckham," said Ireland manager Paul Doolin of the strike.

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