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19/09/2021

Waterford FC sign former Republic of Ireland underage internationals

Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba sign for Waterford FC.

Waterford FC have announced the signings of Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba.

Former Waterford Bohemians midfielder Hutchinson joins the club after a spell with English Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion, while Baba joins after spells with Fulham, Birmingham City and Macclesfield Town.

Hutchinson is a former Republic of Ireland underage international and made his Brighton first-team debut against fellow Premier League side Bournemouth in the League Cup. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder, who went on to share the under 23 captaincy during their 2016/17 season, is ‘delighted’ to join his hometown club.

Defender Baba shone for Castlebar Celtic and the Republic of Ireland underage sides before earning a move in 2013 to Fulham.

The 21-year-old moved to Birmingham City before spending last season with Macclesfield Town as they won promotion to the Football League. Cameroon-born Noe has captained the Republic of Ireland under 17s and has featured for Ireland up to under 21 level.

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