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With an eye to picking up talented players for future growth the Everton Way, young Irish striker 19-year-old Sam Byrne was given a three-year contract with Everton in July 2014, following his release from Manchester United.

Byrne joined the Red Deviils in July 2011, entering the club's academy as a first-year scholar.  He made his debut for the club's Under-18 team on 27 August 2011, but it took three months for him to score his first goal, which came against Liverpool on 25 November 2011. He soon became a regular starter for United's Under-18s and went on to score four goals in 28 appearances in his first season with the club.

 The 2012–13 season began slowly for Byrne as he scored just two goals in 11 appearances before the turn of the year; however, five goals in the second half of the season – including braces against Fulham and Southampton – signaled an improved return. In 2013–14, Byrne played in all six of United's Uefa Youth League group matches but was unable to get on the scoresheet as they finished bottom of Group A and were eliminated from the competition. On 31 January 2014, he was loaned to Carlisle United where  he made his senior debut the next day, coming on as a substitute against Bristol City. 

He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at every youth international level from Under-15 to Under-19. However, he was released by United on 23 May 2014 and was signed up to join Everton on 18 July 2014, with appearances in Everton's Under-21 pre-season friendlies to follow before the 2014-15 FA Premier Under-21 League season got fully under way.

His first season in the Blues' Academy was disrupted by injury but he was back in the Under-21s side during David Unsworth's pre-season preparations in the summer of 2015. However, he did not feature in any of the senior pre-season fixtures and would go on to spend a second season playing for the Under-21s.

That was until early March 2016, when he suffered an unfortunate leg fracture in a training ground practice match. The 20-year-old Irishman had been making steady progress as a regular in the Under-21s and Unsworth said of the striker, "The boys are all gutted for Sam because they are a close group and he's a popular member of the squad. We will give him all the support he needs and I look forward to having him back amongst us as soon as possible." 

FactFile

Squad number 40
Position Striker
Nationality Ireland
Born Dublin, Ireland.
Date of birth 23 July 1995
Height 6' 0" (1.84 m)
Joined 18 July 2014
Joined from Manchester United
Signed by Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee Free
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2017
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Previous Clubs Manchester Utd
Carlisle Utd [L]
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2014-15
40
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2015-16
40
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2016-17 40 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Note: Everton Career Stats on ToffeeWeb are updated after every game.




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