All you need to know about Ronan Curtis as Derry City forward signs for Portsmouth
Derry City forward Ronan Curtis has signed for League One side Portsmouth.
Curtis has penned a two-year pre-contract deal and is set to move to the south coast on June 9 when the international transfer window opens.
But what exactly do we know about him?
All you need to know about Ronan Curtis
Age: 22 years old
Position: Winger, can play in midfield or across front three.
Former clubs: Kildrum Tigers, Swilly Rovers
What he said about his big move: "I’ll have a couple of weeks off in June and then I’ll bang out pre-season with Portsmouth and try and do the same for Portsmouth as I did for Derry," he told the Derry Journal. "It’s every young man’s dream to go over and express themselves and do well in English football.”
What Portsmouth Assistant Manager Joe Gallen said: “He’s someone we’ve tracked for the past few months. He’s got a lot of pace and power, and is good in the air as well, so we’re really pleased to bring him here.”
International Potential: The 22-year-old has represented Ireland at underage level, starring for the Under-21 side as they aim to qualify for next year's European Championships. He made his Ireland U21 debut against Kosovo in March 2017. Martin O'Neill will certainly be keeping an eye on the talented 22 year old, as an option for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Club Career: A native of St Johnston, Donegal, he played schoolboy football for Kildrum Tigers and Swilly Rovers before moving to Derry City where he progressed through the ranks to break into the first team. It has been the winger's performances with Derry City that has attracted the attention of foreign clubs, in the previous SSE Airtricity league Curtis scored an impressive 8 goals from 31 appearances, an impressive return for a winger.
Foreign interest: The 22-year-old has been the subject of interest from the UK and further afield over the past 18 months and he travelled to Sweden last August to sign for Europa League surprise packages Ostersunds, who went on to beat Arsenal at the Emirates, but negotiations broke down.
Strengths: Watching Curtis it's clear to see flair, strength and finishing are strong parts of his game. Although deployed as a winger, Curtis could play as a number nine as he has the skill and power for good hold up play and reguarly finds his team-mates bursting into the box. There is also a strong work-rate to win the ball back from opponents - think Roberto Firmino with less tattoos.
What can he do?
Check out Curtis in action for Derry City right here. Go to 2.41 to check out his Hazard-esque rabona crossing.
Whisper it...... but he plays like Harry Kane, albeit an Irish version.
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