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Cieran Loney, a 16-year-old forward who became Partick Thistle's youngest-ever player, is close to being confirmed as an Everton player, according to The Athletic.

Jordan Campbell and Paddy Boyland report that the youngster caught the eye of the Toffees' scouts and impressed on a trial at Finch Farm having also spent time with other English clubs, including Brighton & Hove Albion.

Loney made his debut for the Jags at the tail end of this past season and, if all goes to plan, he will join Northern Irish prospect Braiden Graham in Everton's Academy this summer.

Story sourced from The Athletic

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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 07/06/2024 at 15:38:18
Apparently we are signing some 16-year-old striker from Partick Thistle.
Mike Hayes
2 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:43:33
Straight into the academy – straight onto the Everton scrap heap and moved on. 🤷
Larry O'Hara
3 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:52:50
Mike what an uplifting positive comment… not!
Andy Crooks
4 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:55:46
This lad must be thrilled.

Hope he doesn't check out ToffeeWeb and see the nasty little post @1.

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:02:56
This from a few months back in the Scottish Herald:

"Cieran Loney, who became the youngest-ever player to be included in a matchday squad for Thistle – a mere 2 weeks on from his 16th birthday. A merited inclusion for the prodigious Loney, with his performances for the Jags youth sides already garnering the attention of English Premier League powerhouses in Everton and Brighton to name but a few."

Haven't we been hearing that we need to emulate Brighton's scouting?

Mike Hayes
6 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:05:46
Larry, that's how being a life-long Everton fan gets you after years of stagnation and mediocrity!
Robert Tressell
8 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:11:34

Could be our biggest signing this summer.

James Flynn
9 Posted 08/06/2024 at 00:47:16
He's a big #7, red-head.

Don't worry about the link. You don't need to log-in. Just delete that and you can see the video behind it.


Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 08/06/2024 at 02:29:40
Should we now be guessing at where he will be loaned out in order to improve?
Brian Williams
11 Posted 08/06/2024 at 03:52:09
Well PSV if anywhere because that seemed to change Jarrad Branthwaite from "not good enough" after one of his very few errors, in that home game against Chelsea, into an £80M+ player. 😉

Brian Williams
12 Posted 08/06/2024 at 03:54:16
Mike @6,

Only if you let it.

Peter Gorman
13 Posted 08/06/2024 at 04:38:30
Cheers James F for the link.

Well, he is a confident lad that red-headed No 7.

Performing a full-blown, pre-planned goal celebration in front of a crowd consisting of an old man and his whippet.

Mike Hayes
14 Posted 08/06/2024 at 17:05:18

True… but this club drives you to it.

Mike Hayes
15 Posted 08/06/2024 at 17:06:08
Fingers crossed he comes good and gets a chance in the first team – we need some feckin luck!
Peter Mills
16 Posted 09/06/2024 at 17:36:17
Good luck to the lad - we’ve had one or two half-decent Scottish players down the years.
Ben King
17 Posted 09/06/2024 at 17:58:31
What a crappy little comment at #2…

Honestly, have a little think: the club can't do right for doing wrong.

Genuinely, reflect on it, how negative do you have to be to post something like that?

Good luck lad – hope you do well son

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 09/06/2024 at 18:49:32
Whether he comes in and plays for the U18s or U23s is down to the manager.

Obviously Thelwell and Dyche have seen something in him, so let's trust their judgement.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 09/06/2024 at 21:27:21
Seems highly rated and always good to be competing with Brighton for young gems.

Hopefully he makes a mark with the U18s next season.

John Hall
20 Posted 10/06/2024 at 07:11:23
Rooney was not a bad striker at 16 when he was thrown into the first team, what happened to him?
Denver Daniels
21 Posted 10/06/2024 at 07:50:13
I see West Ham are signing an 18-year-old uncapped Brazilian. Obviously no work permit issues for them then.
Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 10/06/2024 at 08:14:15
The EU thing is an urban myth, Denver.

I deal with EU companies on a daily basis. I have done since 2016, including visiting them onsite.

I think politicians make more of a deal out of it than day-to-day business.

We still trade with the EU, as we do internationally. And Everton can. We signed Onana, a Belgium national without issue.

Robert Tressell
23 Posted 10/06/2024 at 08:44:57
Completely agree, Danny.

There is absolutely no practicsl barrier whatsoever in signing young overseas players – and indeed it’s probably easier to sign non-EU players than pre Brexit.

Ken Rushton
26 Posted 11/06/2024 at 17:22:18
Hope he is as successful as our last signing from Thistle… Sandy Brown.
Roger Helm
27 Posted 12/06/2024 at 18:00:57
Well, some of them make it, so let’s hope he is one of them. And a good big’un is better than a good little’ in, as they say. At least he’s got the silly goal celebrations sorted.

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