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Sam Byrne Joins Glentoran

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 19:18

Glentoran is pleased to announce the loan signing of Sam Byrne.

Sam (23) is a striker who joins from Dundalk and will wear shirt number 27. He originally joined Dundalk on loan from Everton in January and signed a permanent 18-month contract in July. So far, he’s found it tough establishing himself in a very strong Dundalk side (currently two points off the top of the SSE Airtricity League with two games in hand over leaders, Cork City) so has been offered the chance to play more regular football in the NIFL Premiership.

Originally a Manchester United Academy product, Sam spend four years at Old Trafford and four more at Everton where he was a regular in the Reserve team.

Ronnie McFall said on Thursday evening “Sam will be a very good signing and I’m very pleased we’ve got this over the line. Dundalk are a very good team but there’s no reserve league in the Republic so its much better for everyone concerned that Sam gets plenty of competitive football. So we have hi9m on loan until the end of January.

He’s the sort of centre forward I’ve been looking for. He’s strong, he gets goals but also he holds the ball up very well in important positions. He’ll add well to our squad. I’m looking for players with pedigree and Sam’s speaks for itself with so many years at Manchester United and Everton but also the fact that he’s coming from one of the top clubs in the Republic too. Also, he’s represented the Republic at every level up to U21 so he’s been highly rated throughout his career.

We’ve had a decent couple of weeks in the transfer market but I’m still looking hard for a couple more to strengthen the team in areas we need it”.

Sam’s eligibility for Saturday’s match v Coleraine will depend on international clearance being received in time.