Jack Byrne - courtesy @apoelfcofficial

Shamrock Rovers Loss as Jack Byrne’s Move to APOEL Nicosia is Official

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The former Shamrock Rovers star Jack Byrne is again linking up with Mick McCarthy, who handed him an Ireland debut in 2020. The pair are now officially reunited in Cyprus with APOEL Nicosia, after Byrne announced his long planned move today.

The back to back PFAI Player of the Year award winner was instrumental as Rovers stormed to the league title in the season just gone.

The 24-year-old Dubliner shared a heart-felt Instagram post thanking his Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley for changing his life and making him “a much better footballer”.

Today, with the heaviest of hearts, I would like to announce that I’ve decided to leave Shamrock Rovers and the people I’ve come to love and I do so with a huge lump in my throat”.

I’d like to thank Stephen Bradley, Stephen McPhail, Glen Cronin, Darren Dillon, Jose Ferrer, Tony Mac, the back room team, my team-mates – who are more like my brothers – the Rovers board, the best fans in Ireland and everyone at Shamrock Rovers for everything they’ve done for me over the last two years.

“I’d like to thank my mother and my family for guiding me so well and I will continue to work so hard to justify everyone’s faith in me.”