Bohemians can confirm that goalkeeper Reece Byrne will join English Premier League side Newcastle United this summer for an undisclosed fee.

The 18-year-old will leave having helped the Bohs U19s to Enda McGuill Cup success last year, having made his first-team debut against Dundalk last October, and having featured in the Ireland U19s’ Uefa European Championships qualifying campaign.

Wishing Reece the very best of luck in his future career, manager Declan Devine said: “It’s a fantastic move for the boy.

“It’s not every day you get the chance to sign for a giant in the Premier League and that’s what Newcastle are.

“When I came in I gave him his first-team debut against Dundalk and I thought he did very well.

“This is the next step for him. He wants to get across to England and play at the highest level he can.

“His development is a testament to the academy staff and what they have done with him over the last number of years and providing him with the platform to go on and play first-team football. They deserve enormous credit.

“We will all look on with great interest to see how his career progresses.”

Bohemians Head of Academy Craig Sexton said: “We are delighted for Reece and wish him every success with the move.

“He has shown what he is capable of, performing really well at U19 level both for the club and for his country, to the point that he was given an opportunity in the first team.

“He has great ability to push on now, and his development is a testament to the hard work of the coaches working in our academy.”

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