UNDER 15s-player John-Joe Power made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U15s side this week, as he became the latest player to represent Burton Albion on the international stage.
The Young Brewer came off the bench as a 55th minute substitute in the side first game against Poland, which Jason Donohue’s side won 1-0. Power then made his first start for the national side in their second game two days later, which ended in a 4-2 defeat in the Polish town of Police.
Power, who becomes the Academy's first age group international player, says that he is proud to be able to represent Burton Albion when playing for Ireland.
He said: "I am very happy to be representing my country. I am really happy. It feels good to be representing the club on that stage."
John-Joe’s father, Martin, is delighted to see John-Joe represent the Academy in international football.
He said: "John-Joe went over to Ireland 18 months ago to join their emerging talent programme. Consequently, through attending their trial games and development games, he was called up to the Ireland U15s squad.
"I am absolutely delighted for John-Joe, I think that all of his hard work has paid off. Everything that he has put into his football is seeming to be coming back to him now. But it is early days - let’s just see how it develops."
Academy Manager Dan Robinson said: "It is fantastic to see one of our young Academy players represent his country! John-Joe is BAFC Academy’s first international age group player.
"It is a testament to not only how hard he and his family have worked week-in, week-out to get to this level but also the focus and progression we are making at the club in developing future players for Burton Albion Football Club".