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Youngster Grealish boosted by top international accolade

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Youngster Grealish boosted by top international accolade


Jack Grealish will be looking to continue his excellent progress at Villa after scooping a top accolade at international level.

The talented winger received the Republic of Ireland U17 Player of the Year award for his impressive displays during European Championship qualification over the past 12 months.

Grealish scored three goals in six games to help the boys in green reach the Elite Round of the European U17 Championships.

The award caps a terrific year for the Solihull-born winger, who has sparkled for Villa at U18 and U21 level, as well as helping the club reach the knockout stages of the NextGen Series for the second year running.

Grealish, who joined Villa at the age of six, was also named on the bench for the Barclays Premier League game against Chelsea last March and penned his first professional contract back in September.

The 17-year-old attacker was presented with the Ireland U17 Player of the Year award by Wolves striker Kevin Doyle at an FAI ceremony in Dublin last month.

After collecting the prize, he tweeted: "Thank you everyone for your messages.

"It is hard to reply to you all! It was a great achievement for me.

"Life is all about winning things and making your family proud.

"It was a great night and was great to meet the Irish first team!"

Grealish enjoyed a mesmeric rise to Villa's first team squad last season, earning a surprise call-up for the top-flight clash against Chelsea at the age of just 16.

He was handed the No.41 jersey and was an unused substitute for the 4-2 defeat at Villa Park.

Grealish made a string of appearances for Villa in their Barclays Premier Reserve League South title-winning success and in the run to the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series.

In the summer, he also helped the claret and blues reach the final of the Hong Kong International Soccer Sevens.

This season he has been a regular at U21 level and also scored twice for the U18s in a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

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By @AVFCOfficial 16th February 2013
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