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Dundalk FC striker Sam Byrne joins Glentoran on loan

Dundalk FC striker Sam Byrne joins Glentoran on loan

Dundalk FC striker Sam Byrne has joined NIFL Premiership side Glentoran on loan until the end of January.

The 23 year old originally joined the Lilywhites on loan from Everton in January and signed a permanent 18-month contract in July. First team opportunities have been limited and Stephen Kenny will be hoping he can improve during his loan spell.

Originally a Manchester United Academy product, Sam spent 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 him 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.

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