Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town have signed striker Aaron Drinan from Irish side Waterford.
The 19-year-old sealed a move to the Championship side after international clearance was formalised, however the young striker had been training with the Blues since October.
Signing for an undisclosed fee, the former Cork City player is expected to go straight into Mick McCarthy’s first-team plan, with the starlet having already impressed Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy and captain Luke Chambers.
Speaking after signing the youngster, McCarthy told the Club website that Drinan has shown his ability early on.
“He’s really impressed me,” he said.
“He hasn’t looked out of place in training at all. The only frustrating thing is that he hasn’t been able to play but he’s ready to go now.”
Meanwhile, on January 1st, when the deal was not yet finalised, Blues captain Luke Chambers admitted he has been impressed by the youngster and is certain that he will settle in quickly.
“When he starts I’m looking forward to seeing him because he has been kicking me left, right and centre and treading on my toes in training. He’d run through that wall if he had to.
“He’s definitely one to look forward to seeing play and I’m looking forward to seeing him involved as soon as possible.
“For some reason he’s got Christmas off and I’m not too happy about that – he’s going to get some stick when he comes back.
“I think he’s done brilliantly in training and he has shown improvement almost every da. He’s an exciting prospect alright.”
Once the deal was completed, the youngster had great delight in telling the Club website at how much he is looking forward to playing for the Suffolk side.
“It’s great and I’m buzzing to get going” the Irishman said.
“Not being able to play was tough but I always knew the transfer would go through so I just kept my head down and worked hard.
“The manager has praised me in training so I hope I can take that out onto the pitch and impress him.”