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Brooks relishes international duty

20 August 2021

Imps youngster Billy Brooks enjoyed his experience away with Republic of Ireland Under 18s which saw him represent his country for the first time.

Billy played for 70 minutes as the Republic drew 2-2 away at Hungary on Thursday.

He said: "I loved the trip away, I enjoyed every minute on and off the pitch.

"The standard of football was great, it suited me well. I gained a lot of knowledge tactically and technically in my positions.

"I loved playing in the game where the tempo was high and I was able to learnt a lot about international football.”

Lead PDP coach Ash Foyle said Billy fully deserved his international honours.

He said: “Billy deserves every opportunity that comes his way. He is a fantastic young man that works so hard to try and maximise himself daily.

"He thrives on being challenged so something like this is only going to aid his development."

Director of football Jez George says Billy's call-up shows the pathway is there for young players in the club's Academy.

He said: "This is a fantastic achievement by Billy and fully deserved for the way in which he has attacked every day of his scholarship since last summer.

"He is an extremely talented footballer but just as impressive is the consistency of his mentality and application. He is a real example to all the scholars on how to set your own standards and take responsibility for your own development.

"I am also delighted for the academy staff who work so tirelessly and dilligently with all of our young players. It is testament that Billy has followed Sean Roughan and Bobby Deane in gaining international recognition while at Lincoln City over the past two years."

Billy returns to Lincoln ahead of the Under 18's Youth Alliance fixture against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

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