Jack Byrne has left Manchester City for a Championship side on permanent deal 5 years ago

Jack Byrne has left Manchester City for a Championship side on permanent deal

Jack Byrne has a new club.

The Republic of Ireland U21 international has left Manchester City for Wigan Athletic on permanent basis, signing a three and a half year deal with the Championship side.

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Byrne joined City from Dublin schoolboy side St Kevin's Boys, and spent five years at the Premier League club. He failed to make a senior appearance, but was highly rated by underage coaches, including Patrick Vieira.

The 20-year-old midfielder spent last season on-loan at Dutch side Cambuur, and the first half of this season on-loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he made seven appearances.

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Byrne's transfer was confirmed late on transfer deadline day.

"Jack is one for the long-term, a really hungry player who we feel can develop here over the next few seasons, a real talent," said Warren Joyce, Wigan's manager.

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Wigan are currently 22nd in the Championship, three points behind Burton Albion and face a fight to remain in the division after being promoted from League One last season.

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Byrne will hope to get a run in the first-team, after a frustrating spell with Blackburn.

Although Wigan aren't as glamorous as Manchester City, this still represents a good move for the player, who needs to play as much as possible at this stage of his career.

The 20-year-old is a regular at U21 level for Ireland, and trained with the senior squad.

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