Across the water

Irish teenager makes move to Championship club from Wexford Youths

The 19-year-old defender has agreed to join Burton Albion from the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division club.

Ryan Delaney Delaney made 51 senior appearances for Youths, scoring two goals. Tommy Dickson / INPHO Tommy Dickson / INPHO / INPHO

IRISH DEFENDER RYAN Delaney has been snapped up by newly-promoted Championship side Burton Albion.

The 19-year-old, who can operate at left full-back and centre-half, was offered a two-year contract with the option of a third by manager Nigel Clough after impressing in two friendly matches while on trial from SSE Airtricity League club Wexford Youths.

Delaney joined Youths from New Ross Celtic and played for their U19s side before making the step up to the senior team in 2014.

He has been a regular for Shane Keegan’s side at left-back during their debut season in the Premier Division and also represented Carlow IT.

Speaking after today’s confirmation, Clough said: “He can play left-back or left centre-half. He’s only 19 and hasn’t yet played at a decent level but he does a lot of things naturally.

“He has not been in full-time training which means he’s been blowing a bit in the last 20 minutes of games but we think we can get him up to speed.”

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