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ClubNI have done superb work for Northern Irish football, so now it's time to give them the cut they deserve

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Jim Magilton has done some fantastic work with ClubNI

Jim Magilton has done some fantastic work with ClubNI

Jim Magilton has done some fantastic work with ClubNI

A tweet from Northern Ireland statistician Marshall Gillespie got me thinking this week.

He put up a post, following the completion of 16-year-old Charlie Allen's move from Linfield to Leeds United, that 43 young players from Northern Ireland who are now registered with professional clubs in either England or Scotland have come through the Irish FA's ClubNI programme.

What an incredible initiative, and it shows that the Irish FA were right to invest in such a development project.