Stephen Kenny says that Irish players securing moves to the Premier League can only be positive for the national team, ahead of October's draw for Euro 2024.

Over the summer Nathan Collins has secured a move to Wolves and Gavin Bazunu joined Southampton.

In the Championship Josh Cullen joined Burnley, who were in the top flight last season, Troy Parrott is on loan at Preston North End, while Ciaran Clark has moved from Newcastle to Sheffield United, also on a season-long loan.

Kenny worked with many of those who've secured moves during his time in charge of the Republic of Ireland U-21s, and he tells RTÉ Sport that he'll be keeping an eye on them as they settle into their new clubs.

"It's interesting because when I became U-21 manager we promoted Gavin Bazunu, who was 17 at the time, Nathan who was 18 at the time, Troy Parrot who was 18," Kenny said at the Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools camp at Tullamore Town FC.

"We also had Adam Idah and Andrew Omobamidele. They're all doing terrifically well. Gavin looks like he's going to play for Southampton, and Jason Knight could move.

"You can see those players coming to the fore now and other players making their mark. That's promising for the future of Irish football."

Bazunu became the third Irish goalkeeper who will be involved with a club in England's top flight this season, following on from Liverpool's Caoimhín Kelleher and Mark Travers at promoted Bournemouth.

Kenny with Ireland striker Troy Parrott

Competition for places is naturally a positive for Kenny, and the Ireland manager says he's keeping an open mind about who might be his number one.

"Mark Travers really impressed in the last camp, although he didn't get his opportunity. He was terrific in training and really excelled with Bournemouth getting promoted.

"Hopefully he'll be [club] number one this year. The element of competition is important and we need that for all positions, because invariably we'll get injuries."

Ireland won't be involved at this winter's World Cup in Qatar, having also missed out on the delayed Euro 2020 finals, which were held across the continent.

The form of the team has improved, although the squad was knocked back by June's back-to-back defeats to Armenia and Ukraine. But they responded well, beating Scotland 3-0 in Dublin in arguably the best performance of Kenny's reign, before earning a 1-1 draw in the game against Ukraine, which was played in Lodz.

"The dream is to qualify for the European Championships in Germany," Kenny said.

"A lot of our players will have a fair degree of experience coming into the campaign. We've blooded 16 players, through our own system, over the last year and a half.

"A lot of them doing are doing very well at club level. We've the mix of youth and experience, which can be important, so we're looking forward to the draw."

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