UCD and Ireland U21s star Neil Farrugia is reportedly set to turn down a move to England to sign for Shamrock Rovers and complete his studies at home.
According to a report by Dan McDonnell on the Independent.ie, Farrugia had been attracting interest from Championship side Middlesbrough but is keen to stay in Ireland to complete his degree in Biomedical science at UCD.
Farrugia is set to join Rovers on an 18-month deal as he looks to challenge for domestic honours in Tallaght while looking to move abroad next season following the completion of his studies.
The report also outlines that Bohemians had shown interest in Farrugia while his UCD teammate Gary O’Neill will be joining him at the Hoops as they look to strengthen their squad to challenge Dundalk.
Last season, Farrugia turned down a transfer to QPR and also went on trial at Manchester City’s U23s along with teammate Liam Scales, such is the level of interest in his talents
The 20-year old is also a big part of Stephen Kenny’s Irish U21s side, and would likely have been a starter at the Toulon Tournament had it not been for an injury.
Farrugia has a French father and moved to Ireland from Paris when he was seven years old and his also eligible to play for Spain and Malta, with the latter approaching him to declare, however, he rejected their advances.
According to the report, Farrugia is academically gifted and achieved 600 points in his Leaving Cert, with education at the forefront of his mind at this stage of his career.
Along with Middlesbrough, other Championship sides like Preston and Leeds had shown interest in Farrugia but it is Stephen Bradley’s side who have won the race for his signature.