A tug-o’-war could well develop for one of Derry City’s young players who is on the periphery of making his competitive Airtricity League debut.
St. Brigid’s College pupil, Josh Tracey, has been called into the Northern Ireland Under-19 panel despite the fact that he’s aged just 16!
The striker, who has appeared on the substitutes’ bench in recent matches for the “Candy Stripes,” will join Stephen Craigan’s side which travels to Austria for a friendly fixture on Wednesday, September 11th next.
The former Top of the Hill Derry & District Youth player has already represented the Northern Ireland Under-17 squad and it’s understood that former Derry City winger, Tom Mohan, the manager of the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s was highly impressed when watching the Galliagh lad perform in previous international fixtures.
Tracey will clearly be the youngest player in the squad, but his elevation to this level given his age is considered hugely significant.
Indeed, Josh will join fellow teenager, Aaron McEneff in the N. Ireland squad, the former Institute midfield playmakers now on the books of Tottenham Hotspur where he has been playing regularly for the reserve team at White Hart Lane.