Sheffield Wednesday have signed Conor Grant from Republic of Ireland team Shamrock Rovers on a free transfer as confirmed by the Irish side’s club website.

The Owls have been looking to improve the quality of their players in their academy for a long time and it appears that the investment they have put in has paid off after their U23 side won two trophies this season. But they continue to add talented players from across the British Isles and now they have signed a potential star from Ireland.

Grant is a 17-year-old midfielder who only joined Shamrock back in January 2017 from Malahide United. He soon became part of the U17 side but after a few months in South Dublin, Grant will be heading across the Irish Sea to join up with Wednesday’s academy. He will be hoping to go through the youth system at the South Yorkshire side and become a key player in the years to come.

After the signing was completed, Shamrock Rovers academy director Shane Robinson said: “Conor first came to our attention playing for the DDSL. A talented individual with the ability to go by his opponent with a drop of the shoulder. He has attributes we are looking to bring into our first team and has been a pleasure to work with in the short time he’s been here. We wish him all the best in his new adventure”

Shamrock’s sporting director, and former Wednesday player, Stephen McPhail said: “Shamrock Rovers have a pathway to professional football and is committed to providing this for home-grown talent. Despite this Conor is an example of our endeavours to give young players a platform to excel and showcase their talents. If players like Conor go on to have a successful career in other countries then we will have played our part”

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