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 201011 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