FORMER Park FC player, Shane McLoughlin, was named in Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich squad for last night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Portsmouth.
The 18-year-old from Castleisland didn’t get chance to make his first team debut in the 2-1 defeat, but his inclusion as a sub for the Championship side represents a significant milestone in his career and increases hopes he’ll be offered a professional contract with the club.
McLoughlin has been capped for Ireland U18’s and is currently on a scholarship at Ipswich.
He joined the club from St Brendan’s Park in July 2013, signing a two-year scholarship with Ipswich. In April 2015, that scholarship was extended for the 2015-16 season.
The highlight for him so far while at the east of England club was helping Ipswich to win a FA Youths Cup last season.
The forward has netted four times in 23 appearances for the clubs U21 side while at U18 level. McLoughlin’s record is a very impressive – 14 in 30 games.
Currently, Ipswich are just outside the Premier League play-off spots, which is promising given Mick McCarthy’s record at getting teams promoted. Shane could do a lot worse than plough his own furrow with the Tractor Boys.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) January 19, 2016
Great news to see that past Park FC player Shane mc Loughlin gets a place on the bench tonight for Ipswich Town… https://t.co/raINxqckIo
— St Brendans Park Fc (@_ParkFC) January 19, 2016