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In a league of their own

Behind every professional footballer is an agent and an increasing number of football’s middle men are Irish, writes John Fallon

18th January, 2015
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Jack Grealish on Under-21 duty for Ireland: agents have been fighting over the talented youngster for some time Picture: Sportsfile

As Ireland and Aston Villa mounted frantic attempts to keep emerging star Jack Grealish onside in October in the face of competition from elsewhere, a third and more elaborate jostle was under way for the 19-year-old.

Since he began to display prowess at 14, Grealish and his family had been plagued by approaches from agents armed with promises of grandeur for one of the Premier League’s brightest talents.

Polite declinations became the norm until...

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