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Ireland U21 International Kilkenny Rewarded With Long-Term Bournemouth Deal

Ireland U21 International Kilkenny Rewarded With Long-Term Bournemouth Deal

Gavin Kilkenny has signed a new long-term deal with Bournemouth.

The 19-year-old, a regular in Bournemouth under-21 team last season, was promoted to the first team during the summer after impressing manager Eddie Howe with his performances during a number of friendlies.

The Dubliner made his senior team debut in the second round of the League Cup against Forest Green in late August and played again in the third round versus Burton Albion. He was also named among the Bournemouth substitutes for the Premier League game against Spurs last month.

Kilkenny joined Bournemouth in 2016 from St Kevin's Boys.

"I’m delighted that Gavin has signed a new long-term contract at the club," said Bournemouth CEO Neill Blake.

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He has huge potential and has made real progress over the past six months to become a regular around the first team squad.

Gavin fully deserved his first team debut earlier this season but this is just the start for him, and we look forward to him continuing his development under Eddie Howe and his coaching staff.

The winger has started two games and made four substitute appearances for Stephen Kenny's Ireland U21 team during their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.

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