Meet Caolan Lavery

NORTHERN Ireland Under-21 international striker Caolan Lavery has joined Argyle from Sheffield Wednesday.

Caolan, 21, is a Northern Ireland Under-21 international who has been in prolific recent form for Wednesday’s Development squad.

The move from Hillsborough to Home Park – a loan until January 1 – was originally scheduled for earlier in the month but put on hold while Caolan was on international duty.

He played in both the Irish youngsters’ UEFA Under-21 qualifying games last week, starting the 1-0 weekend victory against Cyprus in Lurgan after being  a substitute in the earlier 3-0 defeat in Italy.

Caolan was born in Canada, where his rise to prominence with the Red Deer Renegades led to trials with Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Charlton while he was playing for Northern Ireland youth side Goodyear.

He eventually joined Ipswich Town but rejected an offer from the club when his academy scholarship expired in the summer of 2011 and signed for Sheffield Wednesday.

While at Ipswich, he made his debut for Northern Ireland Under-21s in November 2011 in a 2-0 defeat by Serbia, having previously represented Canada’s Under-17s.

After impressing in the Owls’ Development squad and making the first-team substitutes’ bench on a number of occasions, he joined Southend United on loan in January this year and made three appearances for the Shrimpers before the move was cut short by injury.

He made his debut for Wednesday earlier this season, coming off the bench in the Owls’ first home league game of the campaign against Burnley.

Two further substitute appearances followed, including one only last month, before Caolan answered the call from Home Park.

Caolan will wear the number 13 shirt – by special request – while he is at Home Park.