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Kurtis Byrne

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Norwich Career: 2006-2007 (Academy)
Current Club: The New Saints (Wales)
Date of Birth: 09/04/1990 (Dublin) 
Nationality: Irish

Biography

Kurtis Byrne is a Republic of Ireland Under-16 international striker who joined the Norwich City academy in July 2006 from Irish side Cherry Orchard. He had trials with Ipswich before joining Norwich. He is the son of former Celtic player Paul Byrne.

He was recently described by the Republic of Ireland youth coach Sean McCaffrey as "an attacking player, whether he plays up-front or wide right. He's a very skilful player, a very strong player and he's got pace as well. He probably needs to score more goals but he has ability."

A regular in the academy line-up during 2006/7, Kurtis also played four times for the Reserves.

Despite writing in the Norwich City programme for the game against Cardiff on 1st September 2007, Kurtis bought out his contract with the Canaries and embarked on a trial match for Hibs Under-19s against Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he scored in a 3-1 win. He signed a two year deal with Hibs

Byrne made his professional debut on 26th August 2009 in the Scottish League Cup against Brechin City, and made his league debut the following Sunday against Celtic

In February 2010, Kurtis was loaned to Stirling Albion for a month, and made his debut against Dumbarton

In August 2011, Kurtis was loaned to East Fife for the first half of the 2010-11 season. Byrne was then loaned to Alloa Athletic on 31 March 2011 for the rest of the 2010–11 season.

Byrne was one of 10 players released by Hibs at the end of the 2010/11 season. He signed for Ross County on 14th June 2011. Manager Derek Adams said "Kurtis Byrne arrives from Hibernian where he was a prolific goal scorer in the youth and reserve teams. He is quick, likes to make intelligent runs between central defenders and has a terrific ability to score goals. He is a youthful addition to our squad and will take a bit of time to develop into a regular in the starting eleven".

Byrne moved to Irish side Dundalk in January 2013. He moved on to Bohemians in November 2015 - the team his father spent most of his career with.

On 9th January 2017, he signed for another of his father's former clubs St Patrick's Athletic. After a spell with Northern Irish side Linfield, Byrne moved to Welsh champions The New Saints in June 2018


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