Bruno’s Magpies teenager Kye Livingstone has been offered a two-year full time academy scholarship at Northern Irish Premiership side Larne.
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Livingstone, who made his debut last season for Magpies and has seven league appearances this time out, will be playing for the U20 side of the team who are currently 5th in the Northern Irish Premiership, three places behind Dayle Coleing’s Glentoran side. The 18-year-old will also occasionally be given the chance to train with the first team, according to Magpies who announced the news this morning.
The right-winger, who has also been involved with the Gibraltar U19s in their recent friendlies against club sides, as the youngsters prepare for upcoming qualifiers, is a player that has perhaps gone slightly under the radar locally, potentially aided by developing away from one of the so-called Big 3 teams. At Magpies though, he has been afforded the chances to grow as a player, and subsequently catch the eye, with the end result being earning this academy scholarship and a chance to further his career outside of Gibraltar.
Larne, who were taken over by co-founder of online estate agent Purplebricks, Kenny Bruce, back in 2017, were promoted to Northern Ireland’s top flight in 2019, and in their curtailed first season, finished sixth on a PPG method. This season they are fifth, and set to at least enter their league’s playoff for a Europa Conference League spot next season. They are based in Larne, County Antrim, and their stadium, Inver Park, has both a similar capacity (2,500) and a similar artificial pitch to that of the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.