Republic of Ireland underage starlet Joe Hodge has been named Manchester City's Scholar of the Year as his progress at the Premier League giants continues to move impressively.

Hodge - who doesn't turn 18 until September - is a wiry, technically excellent midfielder in the mould of another City academy graduate Phil Foden.

He's played for England at Under-16 and Under-17 level but has committed to Ireland, the country of his grandmother's birth, in the last two years, shining for both the Under-17s and Under-19s.

In May 2019, Stephen Kenny waxed lyrical about Hodge's capabilities after watching him impress during Ireland's 1-1 draw with Belgium at the Under-17 Euros. 

"He's a classic, natural midfield player," Kenny said on the RTÉ Sport panel.

"He understands the game for one so young, he has a great appreciation for space. He takes great angles to receive the ball, and has great feet, good vision and a range of passing. He's got a lot."

Hodge suffered a major setback last August when he broke his leg and his ankle but he made a full recovery and came back to help City's Under-18s retain the Premier League Cup.

"I'm very happy to win the award," Hodge told the club website.

"It’s a good achievement to win Scholar of the Year, especially considering I didn’t play many games. It is nice to know that what I did last season, I did well, even though I couldn’t play with the team.

"I thought my season was done, but I ended up playing 14 games, which isn't bad considering I broke my leg.

"I played in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of the Premier League Cup and got one game in the FA Youth Cup, so I did a lot better than I thought I would.

"I’ve loved it, it’s been a really good first year [as a scholar]."