Imagine making your first team debut at 14-years of age…it’s insane and did happen!
Conner Byrne, a goalkeeper (#keeperunion), made his Irish Premiership debut for Glenavon FC as they triumphed against derby rivals Portadown to reach the Mid-Ulster Cup final.
Apparently, he is tall, brave, dedicated to training, and works very hard with the coaches. He has played with the Under-20 team before and has been training with the senior squad for a number of months. The coach says Conner has always played at a level well ahead of his age.
Quite an achievement, but still worrying as he is playing against men who are just way stronger than a 14-year old could ever be.
What if he gets tackled by one of those hard-nosed plumbers ??
If I was a manager, I’m not really sure if I would play a 14-year-old versus men. Even though the lad is tall and has all the qualities they say he has, it’s still a huge risk versus reward.
Why not hold out for a few more years and then play him when his physically stronger and more mature ??
What are your thoughts? I would love to know!