Cork’s Tyreik Wright joins Colchester United on loan from Aston Villa

CORK footballer Tyreik Wright has signed for Colchester United on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

The Ireland Under-21 international will join the U’s this week, who are currently in the bottom half of England’s League Two.

The striker started the season on loan at Salford City in the same division. He made 18 appearances for The Ammies and scored once before returning to his parent club in January 2022.

Once back at Villa, Wright played for their Under-23s in Premier League 2.

The winger is highly regarded in the Midlands, having signed a professional contract with Villa last summer.

The 20-year-old from Ovens has come through the Lions academy ranks since first joining them in the summer of 2018 from Lakewood Athletic in the Cork School Boys League.

Last year he played for Villa Under-23s in Premier League 2, before signing for Walsall on loan. Wright made 16 league appearances for The Saddlers and had three assists as the club finished 19th in League Two.

Last year he came on as a substitute against Wales in a friendly on his Irish Under-21 debut.

He then played twice for Jim Crawford’s side last month in friendlies against Switzerland and Australia in Marbella in Spain.

Tyreik Wright of Republic of Ireland during the U21 International Friendly match between Switzerland and Republic of Ireland at Dama de Noche Football Center in Marbella, Spain. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The quick-footed winger has always impressed for the Republic of Ireland at minors level.

In 2017, he was part of the Irish team that won the Victory Shield. He also played a key role in the Republic of Ireland’s run to the quarter-finals of the European Under-17 Championship that summer.

It’s one of many moves made by Cork footballers in January 2022.

The most publicized transfer was made by Cathal Heffernan, who signed for Italian giants AC Milan on loan from Cork City.

The teenager was linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga but his signature was snapped up by the seven-time Champions League winners.

Midfielder Adam O’Reilly has also signed for St Patrick’s Athletic on loan from Preston North End.

This is his second loan spell in the League of Ireland following his move to Waterford FC in 2021.

He played for the Blues during the first half of the Premier Division season, and the former Ringmahon Rangers star was coached by Kevin Sheedy.

He will now be coached by Tim Clancy, and he will play for a Saints team that is aiming for a title in 2022.

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