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McCarthy confirms Town will sign teenage Irish striker

PUBLISHED: 09:18 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 13 October 2017

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Ross Halls

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Ross Halls

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he likes ‘pretty much everything’ about teenage striker Aaron Drinan, whose move to the Blues from Irish club Waterford is set to be confirmed when the transfer window opens again in January.

Town are reportedly set to pay the League of Ireland First Division champions a £90,000 transfer fee for the 19-year-old after he impressed on trial at Playford Road.

“I think he will, eventually, be a first-team player,” said McCarthy. “Whenever that is, I don’t know.”

The Blues boss previously recruited striker Daryl Murphy from Waterford when Sunderland boss back in 2005.

In the summer of 2013 he signed another Waterford youngster in the form of Jack Doherty, but the winger returned to Ireland the following year without breaking into the Town side.

Former Blues brothers Stephen and Noel Hunt also hail from the city in south-east Ireland.

Town have also had Waterford youngster John Martin on trial, but McCarthy said; “At this moment in time there’s nothing happening on that one.”

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