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Adam O'Reilly. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Adam O'Reilly. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Adam O'Reilly. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cork-born teenager Adam O’Reilly has become the latest highly rated Irish youth prospect to agree a League of Ireland loan move with Waterford completing a short term deal for the midfielder.

Preston have sent the 19-year-old to the RSC until June as the next stage of his development. O’Reilly made his first team bow for Preston at 17 and the Irish U-19 international is well regarded but the pandemic has affected the loan market in the UK with lower league clubs cautious on account of a salary cap and non-league football shut down for a prolonged spell.

The opportunity for players to get a run of games until the summer has made the League of Ireland attractive and O’Reilly is following in the footsteps of Joe Hodge who has been farmed out to Derry City by Manchester City.

O’Reilly will also be joined at Waterford by Welsh teenager Cameron Evans who also has been around the first team squad at his parent club Swansea.

“Adam is a great addition to the team already in place. We’re delighted to have him here and I think he’ll be someone that stands out over the coming weeks," said Waterford boss Kevin Sheedy.

Meanwhile, Derry City were busy yesterday, sealing deals for former Swansea youth Marc Walsh and Waterford winger Will Fitzgerald while one-time Man City starlet Will Patching has arrived on loan from Dundalk until July with the option to make it permanent.

Bray have picked up well travelled midfielder Mark Byrne from Shels, added Andrew Quinn on loan from Dundalk and also brought in Darren Craven from Leinster Senior League.

Elsewhere, Sport Ireland have explained that increased demands on Morton Stadium in Santry arising from Covid and Olympic requirements are the reason it became unavailable to First Division hopefuls Dublin County.

Backed by US and UK investors, County missed out on a licence due to the lack of a home ground.

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