Irish prospect Jack Byrne has completed one of the latest deals of this transfer window by leaving Manchester City on a permanent deal.
The highly-rated 20-year-old has moved to Championship side Wigan Athletic on a three-and-a-half year deal, for a fee that is yet to be disclosed.
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) February 1, 2017
Speaking to the official Wigan website manager Warren Joyce expressed his delight at securing the young midfielder’s services:
“Jack is one for the long-term, a really hungry player who we feel can develop here over the next few seasons, a real talent.”
Despite impressing massively on a loan spell at Eredivisie side Cambuur last season, Byrne had seen his career stall somewhat due to an unsuccessful temporary spell at Blackburn Rovers. That deal was cut short earlier this month, and while he was always tipped to leave Man City again before the end of the window, the fact that it has turned out to be on a permanent basis comes as something of a surprise.
While Byrne was on an upward trajectory before his Ewood Park spell in terms of international recognition, even training with Martin O’Neill’s Ireland senior team at one point, the under-21 international will now have to impress all over again – as well as fighting in a Championship relegation battle with the Latics.
He became the final signing in a ridiculously busy transfer deadline day at the DW Stadium. Matt Gilks, Gabriel Obertan, Omar Bogle and Mikael Mandron all joined on permanent deals, with Hull duo Alex Bruce and James Weir coming in on loan.