Mansfield Town sign former Birmingham City full-back

Mansfield Town have signed former Birmingham City left-back Ryan Burke on a one-year deal.

Saturday, 3rd July 2021, 9:14 am
Former Birmingham defender Ryan Burke.

Burke joined Birmingham from St. Patrick’s Athletic as a 16-year-old, making his Championship debut in July 2020.

The 20-year-old was a member of the Blues’ under-18 side that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-final in the 2017/18 season, and made his debut for the under-23 side a day after his 17th birthday.

When the Sky Bet Championship resumed in 2019/20, following its suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Burke was amongst the substitutes for the Blues’ first match against West Bromwich Albion.

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The defender was to make his Football League debut away at Stoke City in July, coming off the bench in the second-half.

In September 2020, Burke joined National League side Yeovil Town until January 2021, making four outings during his time at Huish Park.

The young full-back has also represented Ireland at under-15 and under-16 levels.

“We needed someone to push Stephen McLaughlin, who will probably start out as our first choice left-back,” said Stags’ boss Nigel Clough.

“We’ve seen Ryan play in Birmingham’s under-23s several time last season and were impressed.

“He’s aggressive and has a lovely left foot. I’ve seen him play in the left of a back-three, a left wing-back and as an orthodox left-back. He’s equipped himself well in each position.”