Dundalk FC is delighted to announce that Luke Mulligan has signed a professional contract with the club.

The 16-year-old Monaghan native, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at U15 and U16 level, will combine training with his studies at Ballybay Community College.

Luke, who is currently in action with the Ulster squad at the FAI Interprovincial Tournament, was involved with the Lilywhites first-team squad at various points last year and he said he was looking forward to linking up with Stephen O’Donnell and co in pre-season in January.

“It’s a great moment for myself and my family to sign as a professional for this great club and I want to thank all of my previous coaches and teammates for helping me reach this stage,” he told dundalkfc.com.

Luke Mulligan, pictured with Dundalk FC Head of Football Operations Brian Gartland and Academy Director Derek Boyle

“I’m really looking forward to getting in and working hard in pre-season and to seeing what the future holds.”

Mulligan is the second academy player to sign a professional contract with the club this year after Eoin Kenny penned a deal back in March.

“Luke has made tremendous progress with our MU15, MU17 and MU19 sides over the past couple of years and this is just reward for his hard work and commitment,” said Dundalk FC academy director Derek Boyle.

“He is a talented player with a great attitude and being in and around the first team regularly, while he studies for the Leaving Certificate, will only aid his development as a player, and as a person.”