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Ireland Underage International Signs First Pro Contract With Arsenal

Ireland Underage International Signs First Pro Contract With Arsenal

Jordan McEneff has signed his first pro contract with Arsenal.

In a statement released by the club on Saturday, it was said that the Ireland U17 international was one of three academy graduates - along with Harry Clarke and Toby Omole - to pen deals on the day.

Derry native McEneff joined Arsenal just last summer. He picked up an injury early last season but has impressed in an attacking midfield role for the club's under-18s in seven appearances this year. Former Ireland U21 international Kwame Ampadu is Arsenal's under-18s coach.

In an article for the Arsenal website earlier this year, McEneff revealed that his coach nicknamed him 'Besty' after a game against Nuremberg.

"I take that as a massive compliment from him even though I know that it was a bit of a joke," said McEneff.

He also explained that he joined Arsenal after being scouted by Steve Morrow.

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McEneff played for Northern Ireland up to under-17 level but switched his allegiance to the Republic as his father is from Dublin.

Jordan's older brother Aaron, who was previously on the books at Spurs, is currently a key player for Derry City.

See Also: Ireland U21 International The Hero For Portsmouth Against Blackpool

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