Dean Ebbe, a striker from Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United, has earned himself a move to the Scottish Premier League, leap-frogging the League of Ireland in the process.
It's always encouraging to see examples of football players in their twenties earning a move from Ireland to professional leagues across the water. Every move that is completed by a player at this stage of their career is further encouragement for any young player who is released by a professional team and fears their football dreams might be dead.
Nearly exclusively when we see such transfers take place it is players from the League of Ireland who make the move. Most recently, Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle have made the switch to Preston North End. Wes Hoolahan is a perfect example of a player whose career has flourished despite being in his early twenties when he made the move from Shelbourne to Livingston.
But now, as The Herald is reporting, Inverness Caledonian Thistle have bucked the trend by signing striker Dean Ebbe from the Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United, who currently lie second in the table behind Malahide United.
Ebbe has played in the LOI First Division with Longford Town and Athlone Town.
But now 22-year-old Ebbe has leap-frogged the 'League of Ireland' and joined Inverness, who are managed by former Shels player Richie Foran.