Jack Byrne completes Apoel Nicosia move

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Jack Byrne Completes Apoel Nicosia Move
Republic of Ireland international Jack Byrne has joined Mick McCarthy in Cyprus.
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James Cox

Former Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne has completed a move to Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia, signing a two-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland international's deal with Apoel runs until the end of the 2022/2023 season.

Byrne's former international manager, Mick McCarthy, took over Apoel in November.

The former Ireland boss had made no secret of his interest in signing Byrne after the 24-year-old's contract with the League of Ireland champions came to an end.

Rovers had attempted to convince Byrne to re-sign but the former Manchester City star chose to link up with the man who gave him his international debut in 2019 instead.

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Byrne will wear the number 29 jersey for Apoel after passing a medical, which was completed after a negative Covid-19 test.

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“We welcome Jack Byrne to APOEL and wish him to celebrate titles and European successes with the blue and yellow,” a statement on the club's official website read.

When McCarthy took over, the 28-time Cypriot champions were in relegation form.

Their form has picked up slightly, but they still sit in 11th place in the 14-team league so McCarthy will hope the signing of Byrne contributes to an improvement in form.

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