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    Has anyone seen Kevin Long of Cork City soon to be Burnley play? Centre half, tipped for a big year in the Tribune, doesnt necessarily mean anything but this lad has slipped below my radar to date.

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    havent seen much of him (one or two decent games against Bohs at most) but he has a very good reputation amongst Cork City fans (who im sure will be able to tell you more about him) and has been tipped for a move across the water for a while now.

    You said he is expected to go straight into the first team squad - thats brilliant news if true. Best of luck to the lad.

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    Great thread guys. We really need to see some new talent come through to supplement the decent squad we have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elroy View Post
    Has anyone seen Kevin Long of Cork City soon to be Burnley play? Centre half, tipped for a big year in the Tribune, doesnt necessarily mean anything but this lad has slipped below my radar to date.
    big lad ...very capable still learning but has ability and is very mobile..I like him and hope he does well. Could get a run early because of his physique..similar to richard dunne as a young lad. He is a work in progress but is deffo one to watch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandias View Post
    big lad ...very capable still learning but has ability and is very mobile..I like him and hope he does well. Could get a run early because of his physique..similar to richard dunne as a young lad. He is a work in progress but is deffo one to watch
    I remember seeing Dunne in a B international in Tolka and he stood out as being completely useless. A large, lumbering oaf.
    Just something to keep in mind for all the chaps on here writing off players left right and centre, some of whom are as young as 18(!). And this is usually based on seeing highlights on MOTD or 15 minutes of a match somewhere.

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    There's a young lad at Forest called Jean Biansumba; he has played underage for Ireland despite being born in the Congo. They also have Niall Byrne, Robbie Gibbons and Darragh Raynor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livehead1 View Post
    There's a young lad at Forest called Jean Biansumba; he has played underage for Ireland despite being born in the Congo. They also have Niall Byrne, Robbie Gibbons and Darragh Raynor.
    Mark Byrne is there too, he's out on loan with Rushden and Diamonds. Is he related to Niall?
    According to his wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Byrne - it was an initial 6 month loan but he
    is expected to stay for the rest of the season because he's a bloody beast and scored at Luton
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishultra View Post
    None of them have broken in really yet and Gibson well the Manchester fans think he's horrible.


    True they haven't established themselves yet, still time, Gibson has scored some belters but can never get a grip on the game most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livehead1 View Post
    There's a young lad at Forest called Jean Biansumba; he has played underage for Ireland despite being born in the Congo. They also have Niall Byrne, Robbie Gibbons and Darragh Raynor.
    I think Brendan Maloney is back from his loan spell at Notts County. Not sure if Billy Davies rates him though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerboy View Post
    I think Brendan Maloney is back from his loan spell at Notts County. Not sure if Billy Davies rates him though.
    Yeh Maloney is rated but isn't going to get in the side ahead of Gunter who has been superb.

    Mark Byrne isn't all that, and is probably too small to make it at the highest level, he doesn't have enough ability to compensate for his lack of height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yard of Pace View Post
    I remember seeing Dunne in a B international in Tolka and he stood out as being completely useless. A large, lumbering oaf.
    Just something to keep in mind for all the chaps on here writing off players left right and centre, some of whom are as young as 18(!). And this is usually based on seeing highlights on MOTD or 15 minutes of a match somewhere.
    Presume that was the B game we lost 0-1 to the North somehow after murdering them for 90 mins? Remember Dunne alright and maybe Duff playing as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by as_i_say View Post
    Presume that was the B game we lost 0-1 to the North somehow after murdering them for 90 mins? Remember Dunne alright and maybe Duff playing as well.
    Yeah, wiki says it was 12 years ago from next month. Where does the time go at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by livehead1 View Post
    There's a young lad at Forest called Jean Biansumba; he has played underage for Ireland despite being born in the Congo.
    http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/page/AcademyNews/0,,10308~1367667,00.html

    Home town: Kinshasa (Congo) Celbridge
    Previous clubs: Balyoulster FC, Confey FC, St Kevins Boys FC
    International honours: U15s Irish squad
    Favourite team: Manchester United, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Favourite players: Ronaldhino, Saha, Zidane, Messi
    Favourite music: Hip Hop, RnB, Classic, Jazz, Reggae, Congoleese music (Lopele)
    Favourite food: Fumbua & Makayabu & semolina (Congolese food) everything edible
    Other sports: Gaelic, basketball, tennis
    Interests outside sport: chilling with my crew, L.U.S., my family, my brother (Ednic), Sven and my angel (Perla) and the girls

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    wtf, what crew does he chill with? lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by yapster View Post
    Favorite team : The Republic of Congo....
    and manchester united

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    Quote Originally Posted by boovidge View Post
    I'd like to see Trap break up a bit of this with a rolled-up Gazzetta della Sport

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcdAzW8Wof8
    I love a bit of Congolese soukous myself too, actually.

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    The Irish Post (For Crosbys benefit - One of the 2 Irish Newspapers in Britain) had an article this week of the 10 players to watch out for in 2010 with a chance of breaking on to the International Scene. Doesnt strictly follow the thread title of being U21's only but thought it might be of interest to some.

    I dont read the paper that often and didnt see 2009's list which might be the reason, but there are 1 or 2 strange inclusions and a few obvious omissions.

    Seamus Coleman
    Club: Everton
    Age: 21
    Position: Defender/right-back
    Home place: Killybegs, Donegal


    Keith Fahey
    Club: Birmingham City
    Age: 26
    Position: Midfielder
    Home place: Dublin

    David Meyler
    Club: Sunderland
    Age: 20
    Position: Midfielder
    Home place: Cork


    Stephen Ward
    Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Age: 24 Position: Left-back, winger
    Home Place: Portmarnock, Dublin

    Wes Hoolahan
    Club: Norwich City
    Age: 27
    Position: Left winger/attacking midfielder
    Home Place: Dublin

    David (Dave) Mooney
    Club: Reading
    Age: 25
    Position: Striker
    Home Place: Dublin

    Alan Judge
    Club: Blackburn Rovers (On loan at Plymouth Argyle)
    Age: 21
    Position: Winger
    Home Place: Dublin

    Brendan Moloney
    Club: Nottingham Forest (On loan at Notts County)
    Age: 20
    Position: Defender/right-back
    Home Place: Beaufort, Kerry

    Shane LongClub: Reading
    Age: 22
    Position: Striker
    Home Place: Gortnahoe, Tipperary

    Gary Deegan
    Club: Coventry City
    Age: 22
    Position: midfielder
    Home Place: Dublin


    It wasnt a Top 10 as such, but I was surprised to see the likes of Long included and the likes of Garvan, McCarthy, Foley and McCann excluded.

    Interestingly, dont think there are any 2g Irish in the list (could be mistaken).

    EDIT: Just found the full article on line for those interested.

    http://www.irishpost.co.uk/tabId/320...h-in-2010.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior View Post

    It wasnt a Top 10 as such, but I was surprised to see the likes of Long included and the likes of Garvan, McCarthy, Foley and McCann excluded.
    I would guess that its because everyone knows about those three and expects them to make the breakthrough, the others are mostly outside chances.
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    I love Dave Mooney for all he did for us especially in 2007 but he's not going to be an international player as far as I can see. A good Football League player definitely but unless he starts banging them in in the Championship I don't see it. Though, arguing against myself, at Norwich in the Champo he knocked in 3 in 9 and (I know this is a stretch) had a universally accepted perfectly good goal disallowed in another game that would have made it in 4 in 9.
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