The Irish midfielder is on the move again
It’s safe to say Ireland international Jack Byrne has seen his career reach a crossroads yet again. This time, however, it is through no fault of his own as he is on the move again.
The Dubliner left Shamrock Rovers in late 2020 to join APOEL Nicosia. At the time, the Cypriot side were then managed by Byrne’s former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy. Despite the good intentions, that would end in dissaray, with McCarthy leaving shortly after Byrne’s arrival.
That departure, coupled with a number of injuries to Byrne, led to an unfortunate series of events that saw the Dubliner depart the Cypriots last week. But the question now is, where is Jack off to next?
Option 1 for Jack Byrne: Charlotte FC.
The first club linked with a move for Jack Byrne is new MLS expansion side Charlotte FC, and it looked as if that may be the most likely option for Byrne last month.
According to Dan McDonnell of the Irish Independent, Byrne was linked with a move to the MLS as soon as it became apparent his stint in Cyrpus was coming to an end.
Awaiting official confirmation but sounds like Jack Byrne has had his contract at APOEL terminated. The club are facing financial difficulties and have let a handful of players go in recent weeks. Charlotte FC in the MLS is rumoured to be his next destination. #COYBIG
— Kenny's Kids (@KennysKids) September 3, 2021
With Charlotte being a new club, this move may be the shot in the arm he needs to revitalise his career away from home. Should he do so, Bryne can only benefit in a league that would allow the Dubliner to play to his strengths on a relatively big stage.
But whether or not that will happen now remains to be seen.
Option 2 for Jack Byrne: Shamrock Rovers
While plying his trade in the League of Ireland, Byrne proved that he was often too good for the league at times, and he belonged at a higher level.
That may still be the case, so perhaps a return to Shamrock Rovers and the League of Ireland is an unlikely one on that basis, but it would be a move that makes sense.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) February 28, 2020
After a year of relative frustration, a move back home may not be the worst thing, but to the masses, it may suggest another knockback in his career, despite the upward trajectory that the League of Ireland is on.
But social media rumours are suggesting that a return to Tallaght may be on the cards for the former Man City star – and the practicalities of the suggested move make sense.
What is the most likely move for Jack Byrne?
Without sitting on the fence, it is unclear where Byrne will play his football in the coming months.
But, with a previously linked move to the US appearing to have gone quiet, the noise surrounding a potential return to Tallaght is growing.
Also, with the likes of Damien Duff joining the League of Ireland senior ranks ahead of the 2022 season, the potential for a Jack Byrne return would be something that would naturally excite the masses. And that can only be a good thing going forward.