Lucan United’s Brandon Payne

LUCAN United are currently enjoying their highest ever international representation following Josh Miller’s inclusion in the Republic of Ireland Under-16 panel this week.

He joined up with club mate Sean Whelan for training with the panel this week, bringing their tally to four players as Brandon Payne and Conor Masterson continue to shine.

Miller joined from Kildare club Moone last summer and has proven a strong addition for the club in the first half of the season.

Last year’s Irish Under-15 captain Payne broke his leg earlier this season but has bounced back really well and has been training regularly with Celtic in Scotland and is set to sign formally for them in the coming month.

“It is the highest representation we have had,” said club chairman John Doyle. “Brandon broke his leg but is back now and playing with the Emerging Talent squad. He will be back with us shortly before he goes to Celtic. We’re delighted for him; it is a great move for a lad who was the Irish captain last year.

“It’s well deserved as he has worked really hard since he broke his leg to get back to fitness and be playing well. Going over to Celtic has been a big help. We’ve done what we can to look after him with gym work and had him swimming. But being able to train every day with them has been great for him.

Conor Masterson, meanwhile, despite still being only 15 years old could well move up to the Republic of Ireland Under-17 panel after he played a strong part in a home-based selection’s 4-0 win over Shelbourne’s Under-19s.

He has been working with Liverpool on and off where he has been getting top quality training in when he can.

“He’s flying and we’re getting nothing but good reports from him over there. He’s living up to the potential they spoke about,” Doyle adds.

Their club side will hope they can finally play their SFAI Under-16 Cup first round game against Greystones this weekend after a string of postponements since the turn of the year has left them without a competitive match since December 8.

Nonetheless, the club is in good health having recently agreed a sponsorship deal with the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley which will kick in from now until the end of next season.

“They’ve been very supportive of us and we’re delighted with it. It’s a club deal which means we can look after any team with gear.”