April 23, 2024

Town have agreed to recruit 18-year-old right-back Daniel Babb from UCD, the League of Ireland club has announced.

Babb, who can also play centre-half, has U17 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Since Brexit, it is no longer as easy for English clubs to sign Irish children at 15 or 16, as it once was, thus they are now signed at 18. Babb will join John McGreal and David Wright’s U21 team.

 

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“UCD FC can today confirm the permanent transfer of Daniel Babb to Ipswich Town,” the club’s press release states.

“In 2021, Daniel joined our affiliate academy U15s from partner club Mount Merrion. In 2022, he passed from the Academy and joined our LOI U17 team.

“In the same year, he made his international debut for the Irish U17s and was part of the group that competed in the U17 Euros in 2023.

“In 2023 he moved to our U19 side and also went on to make his full first team debut at the age of just 17.”

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