Curtis brothers sign professional contracts with Saints

Fri, Jan 21 2022

St. Patrick’s Athletic have announced that Ben and Sam Curtis have signed professional contracts at Richmond Park.

Originally from Navan, the pair joined the club’s under-19 side last summer and featured in both legs of St. Pat’s UEFA Youth League tie against Red Star Belgrade.

17-year-old Ben has extended his contract following his move from Shamrock Rovers last July.

Ben became the Hoops’ youngest ever debutant in 2020, when he featured in the First Division against Athlone Town. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland’s under-15 side.

Ben spoke to and explained how the contract is a dream come true for him.

“I'm really happy and delighted to sign. The experience I've gained from being around the first team is second to none and it's the stuff you dream about as a kid.”

“The senior players have won leagues and cups and are all top top players. You learn from them every day which is great for someone my age. My plan is to play as well as I can for the U19s and train to my very best with the first team and I can't wait to kick on."

16-year-old Sam also made history last August by becoming the Saints’ youngest-ever senior player. Sam was 15 years and 255 days old when he came off the bench against Waterford.

The centre-back has made ten appearances for the Republic of Ireland under-15’s, and also represented the country’s under-17 and under-19 sides last year.

Sam also spoke to the club’s website and spoke of his pride at signing his first professional contract.

“It's a really proud moment for me and my family. I'm delighted to have signed my first professional contract at Pat's, there's no better club to do it at either.”

“The highlight was being around the squad for the cup final and the whole experience which was fantastic. My mindset is to try and kick on from last year with the U19s and also the first team and see where it takes me."

St. Pat’s manager Tim Clancy also praised the pair and said that he is looking forward to watching their development.

“We are very pleased that Ben and Sam have signed their contracts,” Clancy said.

“They've both been doing well in pre-season with the first team so far and made really positive impacts to the U19s last year. They are among a number of Academy graduates who are in and around our first-team squad which is great. They'll continue to work hard in training and I'm looking forward to watching their progress both in the first team and also with the U19s.”

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