A TEENAGE football star is celebrating a whirlwind 24 hours of success.
On Sunday night before a live television audience in Dublin, Jack Grealish, aged 17, of Dovehouse Lane, Solihull was crowned Ireland Under-17 International Player of the Year.
Then on Monday he was on a plane back to Birmingham to play for Aston Villa Under 21s, turning in a man-of-the-match performance in their 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers.
“He’s had a great week and has just signed a three year professional contract with Villa,” said proud dad Kevin.
The football-mad youngster, who used to deliver the Solihull News, started playing when he was six-years-old, turning out for Highgate United and Solihull Town junior teams before being snapped up by Aston Villa when he was just six-and-a-half.
However success hasn’t gone to his head.
“He’s fairly level headed,” said Kevin, “when you’re with Villa that young it becomes part of your schooling, and he’s fine.”
Jack’s Irish connection comes from his grandparents and his grandfather was there in Ireland on Sunday to see him pick up his Waterford Crystal trophy from Irish international and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.
His next international foray will be with Aston Villa when they take on Ajax.