Nottingham Forest come to call another youngster from Northern Ireland, Bobby Jack McAleese from Coleraine

Coleraine teenager Bobby Jack McAleese is set to become the latest young star from Northern Ireland to join Nottingham Forest.

Highly rated by the Bannsiders, renowned for developing young players, it is understood the 16-year-old midfielder is on his way to the EFL Championship side, who are aiming for promotion to the Premier League.

No doubt he will receive a warm welcome from his compatriots Dale Taylor, Aaron Donnelly and Jamie McDonnell who are already at the City Ground.

Defender Donnelly joined Forest from Dungannon Swifts, midfielder McDonnell joined the two European Cup winners from Glentoran, while striker Taylor left Linfield to be transferred to the Midlands club.

All three have impressed at Under-23 level for Forest and have featured in the youth ranks on the international stage with Taylor, 18, making a first appearance for the Northern Ireland senior side aged just 17 in a 1-0 win over Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park in November.

Forest believe there is some great young talent in Northern Ireland and it is understood they see Coleraine ace McAleese as the latest player here with the potential to make a difference.

Previously with the Bertie Peacocks youth team last year, McAleese, who lives near Coleraine Showgrounds, was called up to Northern Ireland Under-17 training camp by Gerard Lyttle and can s Expect further calls in the future.

At the time of his inclusion in Lyttle’s squad, Coleraine Under-18 boss Martin Smith told the club’s website: “Bobby is one of the best young midfield players in the country. “