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Northern Ireland underage international set to switch allegiance to the Republic - reports

Aaron McEneff is expected to follow the likes of James McClean, Shane Duffy and Marc Wilson in making the move.

Aaron McEneff has impressed for Derry this season.
Aaron McEneff has impressed for Derry this season.
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DERRY CITY MIDFIELDER AARON McEneff is set to switch allegiance from Northern Ireland to the Republic, according to reports.

The midfielder has represented Northern Ireland at underage level, but according to the Londonderry Sentinel, McEneff is waiting for paperwork to finalise his switch.

The 21-year-old Derry native signed a professional contract with Tottenham in 2014, but ultimately failed to earn a first-team spot after an injury-troubled stint at the London club, before joining the League of Ireland side last summer.

Since returning to his home town, McEneff has caught the eye, scoring two goals in 17 starts this season and helping Derry rise to third in the Airtricity League Premier Division.

Should the move be confirmed, McEneff will follow the path of James McClean, Shane Duffy and Marc Wilson among others in switching allegiance from the North to the Republic in recent years.

When contacted by The42, no one from Derry City was available for comment.

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