Stephen Kenny has revealed that Blackpool winger CJ Hamilton has declared for Ireland.
The 27-year-old qualifies to play for Kenny's side through his Irish mother. Hamilton was born in England but grew up in Waterford. He played hurling for Clonea and soccer with Carrick United.
He started his career in England with Sheffield United before joining Mansfield in 2016. After four years there, he joined Blackpool, who were in League One at the time. In 26 appearances last season, he scored five times.
This season, he's made 21 appearances for the Championship side this season, scoring once and providing three assists.
Kenny told the media on Monday, ahead of an appearance on The LOI Show, that Hamilton's paperwork to play for Ireland is nearly completed.
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"Someone mentioned to us that he was available and we spoke to him," Kenny said.
"CJ is super keen and wants to do it.
"He's playing at Championship level regularly and is very quick. CJ qualifies through Irish mother. He played for Carrick United growing up. He grew up in Waterford.
"I've not seen loads of him, I've just watched his games so forth.
"He was not on my radar as such. He's on the radar now and we've done his paperwork, it's nearly completed."
Blackpool are currently 16th in the Championship, and are well clear of the relegation places.
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