Dundalk FC striker Sam Byrne. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Striker Sam Byrne has left Dundalk FC for Irish Premiership side Glentoran on a loan deal until the end of January.
The former Manchester United and Everton man signed a permanent deal with the Lilywhites in the summer window following an initial loan spell at Oriel Park, but has now gone north on a temporary basis to get first-team football.
His deal with Dundalk is for 18 months meaning that he'll likely return ahead of next season.
"Sam will be a very good signing and I’m very pleased we’ve got this over the line," said Glentoran boss Ronnie McFall.
"There’s no reserve league in the Republic so it’s much better for everyone concerned that Sam gets plenty of competitive football.
“He’s strong, he gets goals but also he holds the ball up very well in important positions.”
Dundalk face Bray Wanderers in the league tomorrow night, while Glentoran host Coleraine at the Oval on Saturday.