Mansfield Town have signed former Irish youth international Ryan Burke on a one-year deal.

The left-back moved from League of Ireland side St Pat’s Athletic to Birmingham City in 2017, making his Championship debut for Blues last July.

Prior to his first-team bow, Burke reached the 2017-18 FA Youth Cup semi-final, with his first senior appearance for Birmingham coming at the Bet365 Stadium in a 2 – 0 defeat to Stoke City.

After finding further first-team opportunities hard to come by, Burke moved on loan to Vanarama National League side Yeovil Town in September 2020.

The former Irish U15 and U16 international made four appearances for the Glovers before being recalled in January.

New manager Nigel Clough said of his new acquisition:

“We needed someone to to push Stephen McLaughlin, who will probably start out as our first-choice left-back.

“We’ve seen Ryan play in Birmingham’s U23s several times last season and were impressed.

“He’s aggressive and has a lovely left foot,” Clough noted.

“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.”

The Stags host Bristol Rovers on the opening weekend of the SkyBet League Two season on 7 August.

They announced the signings of Nathan Bishop and George Shelvey on loan last month.


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