The Republic of Ireland have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young goalkeepers right now. 

There is 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, impressing everyone at Liverpool and set to start as Stephen Kenny's No 1 for the Ireland Under-21s. His back-up is wonderkid Gavin Bazunu, 17, snapped up by Manchester City last October after storming through the ranks at Shamrock Rovers.

Over at Manchester United is 22-year-old Kieran O'Hara, currently on loan at Macclesfield and recently named in Mick MccCarthy's extended senior panel.

And then there's Mark Travers, the Bournemouth prospect who got the golden ticket this week when McCarthy elected to keep him the squad to glean experience from Darren Randolph and Kieran Westwood.

At 19, there's much to learn, as Travers admits himself. From Cherry Orchard to the Cherries via Shamrock Rovers, he finds himself behind Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc at the Vitality Stadium, two hugely experienced netminders.

Travers has found himself mostly playing with the club's Under-21s but is hoping for a loan move next season to expose himself to senior football. 

"Being third choice, opportunities don't come that often so you've just got to learn from the keepers ahead of you," the Dubliner said.

"They are two very experienced keepers. It's great to learn from them. I just have to bide my time and see what happens. If my chance does come, hopefully I can take it."

He's relishing being in with McCarthy's panel this week but is fully aware there's a conveyor belt of serous talent coming along. First-choice Randolph, 31, has a lot of miles in the tank too so patience is key for the new batch.

"The Under-21s was my first aim at the start of the season, to try and force my way into that squad," Travers admitted.

"Then to get the call to say I'm in the senior squad was great. I'm enjoying it. There's a few great keepers coming up. I've worked with Caoimhin before in the Under-19s, Gavin got the big move [to City], Kieran is playing in League Two every week.

"Competition is always a good thing. I've got to keep pushing forward now. You can never relax. There's always someone knocking on the door behind you."

Travers can't remember McCarthy's first spell at the helm - "I was only a baby!" - but he's backing the veteran manager to bring the good times back to Ireland.

Born in 1999, Travers was only a toddler when Saipan consumed the nation. Right now it's all rosy in the garden with the slate wiped clean and a new campaign to look forward to.

"All the lads have been great. It's a great opportunity for myself to impress the staff, especially at my age. I'll try to learn as much as possible from two great goalkeepers [Randolph and Westwood]. It's great for me.

"The manager has done great in the past and I think he'll do great in the future." 

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