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Jack's City deal

MANCHESTER City have shown that they are serious about the potential offered by Ireland U21 cap Jack Byrne after the club tied him down on a new three-year deal and immediately agreed a loan deal to allow the teenager gain first team experience.

Dubliner Byrne has yet to break into the side at City but featured regularly for their U21 squad last season and also broke into the Ireland U21 team. And the 19-year-old last night put pen to paper on a deal which keeps him at City until 2018.

On social media, Byrne's brother pointed out that the deal was signed on the eighth anniversary of their father's death - and the player said he was "delighted" to have the deal sorted.

Today, Dutch side SC Cambuur announed that they had agree a season-long loan deal for Byrne and he has already flown to Holland to prepare for the new season, City eager for their young prospect to gain first team experience in the Dutch league.

Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King is a big admirer of Byrne and Roy Keane has also name-checked the midfielder as a player with real future potential, while fellow Dubliner and City team-mate Ian Lawlor has already been added to the senior Ireland squad for a training camp.