Killian Phillips has become the latest young talent to depart the League of Ireland for Britain after signing a two-year contract with Crystal Palace.

Phillips, 19, will join up with the Under-23 Palace side managed by former Irish underage international Paddy McCarthy.

The midfielder, who can also play in defence, has made 31 senior appearances with Drogheda after breaking through to the first team last April.

He caught the eye of many with his combative displays and quality on the ball.

Drogheda will receive an undisclosed five-figure transfer fee.

Phillips said: "I'm delighted to be here. I’m proud to be a Crystal Palace player.

"Paddy was talking to me about signing for different clubs. He said to me it’s like buying a home: when you walk into the right home you know it’s the right place, and that’s kind of how I felt at Crystal Palace the first day I walked in."

McCarthy added: "We are delighted to get Killian on board. He had a great season last year in the League of Ireland with Drogheda United and he fits the profile of young, hungry players we want at our club.

"We believe Killian has great potential to develop and all the attributes to have a career in the game. He will definitely add to the group both on and off the pitch with his experience of first-team football and I’m sure he will benefit from working with a fantastic group of young, hungry players in a top-class environment."

Drogheda have already lost James Brown to Blackburn Rovers while goalkeeper David Odumosu is also in line for a move to England. Daniel O’Reilly also departed Head in the Game Park for Hamilton.

Sligo Rovers striker Johnny Kenny joined Celtic last week, while Daniel Cleary moves to St Johnstone