Everton are set to complete the signing of Glentoran full-back Ethan Warnock this summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 16-year-old defender became the youngest-ever player for the Danske Bank Premiership outfit last year at the tender age of 15 years and 306 days.
Congratulations Ethan Warnock who today becomes Glentoran's youngest ever outfield player https://t.co/i3ZId6zKra… just 15 years 306 days
— Glentoran FC (@Glentoran) December 17, 2016
That promise has prompted the Toffees to capture the young star in the hope that he can continue his development on Merseyside next season.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is well known for his willingness to give young players a chance, with Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman and Mason Holgate all enjoying extended runs in the first team this season.
That emphasis on progression from the U23 side to the senior set up has clearly impressed Warnock, who confirmed he will join the Blues academy come the end of the year.
“Everton were keen for me to join them after they played our Club NI side two years ago and they have been very good with me,” Warnock told the Belfast Telegraph.
“The coaching over there is different class.
“I can’t wait to go over there and push on. It was an opportunity that I could not turn down and we’ll see what develops.”
While the opportunity to join a Premier League side is a dream for the player, Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright will be hoping Warnock can continue to represent the impeccable value Everton have managed to drive out of the Irish market in the last 10 years.
Back in 2009, former manager David Moyes signed a certain Seamus Coleman for just £60,000 from Sligo Rovers.
The 28-year-old is now the Republic of Ireland captain, regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League and continually linked with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
While those are some mightily difficult steps to follow, hopes will be high that Warnock can adjust to a new life quickly and prove his undoubted footballing ability at one of the best clubs in the land.