Reading striker Doyle lands top Irish award

February 5, 2007

Reading striker Kevin Doyle has been named the Eircom/FAI International Young Player of the Year.

Doyle has enjoyed an outstanding 2006 for the Royals, helping them to promotion to the Premiership.

Doyle, a bargain £80,000 buy from Cork City for Reading manager Steve Coppell, has since proven himself at the highest level in England by scoring 10 goals.

The 22-year-old also scored his first goal for the Republic of Ireland in last November's 5-0 European Championship qualifying victory over San Marino after making his debut earlier in the year.

Doyle said: 'I never expected it. It was great.

'Hopefully 2007 will be just as good for me, even though I'm injured at present. I'm looking to be back in a week, maybe a little longer, but certainly I'm returning quicker than I expected.'