Jake Carroll has signed for Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee, but will remain with St Patrick’s Athletic until July.
Left back Carroll, who has made over 50 appearances for Pat’s, signs for Huddersfield after having two separate spells on trial with the Championship side.
Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins told the club’s official website: "Jake impressed me a lot when he was here a few weeks ago on trial. He is left-sided, quick, powerful and has a good attitude with an aptitude to learn quickly.
"He will have to adapt to the style of football in England, but he arrives with the challenge of breaking into our first team.
"Ireland is an interesting market for English clubs. A lot of talented Irish players arrive in England at 16 years old, in the same way that we recently recruited the country’s Under-16 Captain Danny Kane from Cherry Orchard, whereas others are identified after emerging in a League of Ireland team at aged 20 or 21, such as James McClean and Seamus Coleman.
"Jake comes under the latter of those two routes."
St Patrick’s chairman Garrett Kelleher said: "I am particularly pleased that Jake could complete his third level education and now embark on his football career with a degree which we hope will serve him well in future years.
"We wish him the very best of luck at Huddersfield Town."