Corduff Football Club yesterday announced that their impressive young player, Jean Yves Poame, has agreed terms with Premier League side Sunderland AFC, and will leave the Dublin 15 club at the end of this season to join the Black Cats.
Poame has been a standout player with Corduff for several seasons and is the first player in the club’s history to sign to an English top-flight club while still part of the club’s set up.
Club secretary, John Boothman this week signed Corduff’s side of the agreement. Poame has been with the club since the age of 10, and will move to Sunderland when he reaches 16 in July of next year.
Poame’s roll-call of achievement for the club, county and country is unparalleled. He has helped Corduff reach the semi-final of All-Ireland competitions on two occasions, played in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland this year representing the North Dublin league, and was picked to be a part of the FAI’s Emerging Talent programme. He won the player of the tournament award at this summer’s Galway Cup, and attracted the attention of a number of British clubs.
Speaking to Gazette Sport after the move was announced, Corduff FC spokesman John McGuinness said that it was only a matter of time before Poame was picked up by a big club.
“Johnny consistently shines on every occasion. He has an ability with his feet that we have never seen. We have seen some great players at Corduff through the years, but Johnny has a natural ability over and above what we have seen before.”
“Johnny is delighted. He has been waiting for a move to come through after being on various trials. He has been to Manchester United, Liverpool, Birmingham and Ipswich. All these clubs wanted to check him out.
“He played with Sunderland at an Under-16 tournament in Scotland while on trial with them and was player of the tournament there, which led to Celtic expressing an interest.”
Poame will line out with a Sunderland U-16 side over the next few days, playing against a number of Premier level clubs at Home Farm FC’s home in Whitehall in a special invitational tournament that will see the Cats, featuring Poame, line up against Birmingham City, Linfield and Home Farm.