'We believe he can become a real star' - Dundalk sign former Man City youngster

Creative midfielder Will Patching moves to the League of Ireland after a spell with Notts County.

DUNDALK BOSS VINNY Perth believes the club’s newest addition has star potential.

The Lilywhites have announced the signing of 21-year-old creative midfielder Will Patching, who spent 14 years in the academy at Manchester City.

1.-Will-Patching-850x525 Dundalk have announced the signing of Will Patching. Source: Dundalk FC

Patching joins the League of Ireland Premier Division champions ahead of the 2020 season. He had a spell with Notts County after his departure from City in 2018.

“We are delighted to finally get Will to the club. We have been working on this one for a while,” said Perth, who also recently bolstered his midfield options by bringing in Greg Sloggett from Derry City.

“Will has had a Rolls Royce upbringing in football. He has been at the very best club in Manchester City. He has been capped underage at England. We feel he may have lost his way a bit in the last year in the game.

“The final part of his development as a footballer is learning how to play men’s football and becoming a man on the football pitch. A certain amount of that has been done at Notts County where we have watched a lot of his football and we have been very impressed with what we have seen. 

“We believe we are signing a player with huge potential. We believe he can become a real star. The challenge is ultimately up to Will to become a top player.

“We believe that for the development of him as a player, he has come to the right club. At 21 years of age, he is a vastly experienced young player. The future is bright. The hard work for him starts now but we believe in him.

manchester-city-youth-v-borussia-monchengladbach-youth-uefa-youth-league-group-d-city-academy-stadium Patching playing for Manchester City against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Uefa Youth League in 2015. Source: Nigel French

 “Supporters should expect a talented, attack-minded footballer who has magic in his feet. With the right fitness level and the right understanding of the game, he’ll be a real asset to the squad. We look forward to working with him and he’s one for the future. He has a bit of work to do and we have a bit of work to do but we believe he’s at the right club to make it happen.”   

Patching, who played for England at the U17 World Cup in 2015, said: “It’s a great feeling to be at the club. It happened all in the last week. I met Vinny and have been impressed with everything. It has been good and I’m glad to be here.

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“The facilities are great and it seems like a good place to play. I have done my research on the club and we have been very successful. I’m a player who loves to score goals, assist and play high up the pitch. I’m hoping to bring that to the team.

“I want to win trophies here, that is what I’ve come here to do. I want to do well in Europe. That’s a big thing for me. I know that the club got to the group stages of the Europa League a few years ago and the aim is to get back there. I want to be successful and win everything while I’m here.”

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