Baldoyle United senior boss Duffy backs star product to shine in his new Italian Job

by Aishling Conway
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David Combey has secured an Italian Job after taking the previously untraveled path from Leinster Senior League to Serie C.

The Dublin teen has signed pro terms with S.S. Turris Calcio, more commonly known as Turris 1944, and makes the massive leap from junior football to the pro ranks. In fact, Combey trades life in the Leinster Senior League for the Italian third tier after signing a one year pro contract.

Italian scouts have taken a much keener interest in young Irish talent of late with the likes of Cathal Heffernan, Kevin Zefi, James Abankwah and Festy Ebosele all making the move to the continent.

However, Combey and his move to the Torre del Greco region remains an outlier. Up and until this month the young talent was playing amateur football with Baldoyle United in Major 1 Sunday and the Leinster Senior League’s sixth tier.

He does have underage international experience like the aforementioned but with Togo, who he has represented at U-20 level in the Afcon qualifiers.

It’s a non-traditional route, which fittingly reflects his underage career – where he represented Baldoyle rather than one of the underage powerhouses, before making his way into their first team by 17.

Still it’s no less an exciting move and the teen becomes the latest Dub to watch out for in Italy.

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette Baldoyle United manager Sean Duffy suggested Combey has the ability and the temperament to handle the move.

“David’s natural ability was never in doubt. But he also has a fantastic footballing brain. He’s mature beyond his years. On behalf the club I wish him the very very best.”

Turris, who have former Bari and Reggina attacker Vito Leonetti as their current star man, are currently sixteenth in Serie C, which leaves them facing a relegation playoff.

David Combey after signing for Serie C club SS Turris (main) and
(below) with boyhood club Baldoyle

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