Friday, April 10, 2009

Derry's McEleney off to the Academy Of Light

Ireland U17 striker Parick McEleney is staying at Sunderland after the young Derry man was confirmed as one of eight players who will be involved at the Sunderland academy of light next season.

The former St. Brigid’s College pupil will be joined at Sunderland by fellow Ireland U17 international John Egan from Cork.

McEleney scored on his Irish debut against Bulgaria in August 2008 and is tipped for a bright future within the game. He currently plays for Foyle Harps and represented the Derry & District League in the squad which won the Foyle Cup in July 2008.

No doubt McEleney will be keen to emulate the progress of fellow Derry international Darron Gibson who has been a constant feature within Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland senior squad and who made a positive impact when he came on as a second half substitute in the recent 1-1 draw away to World Champions Italy in Bari.

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