Date: 30th August 2017 at 12:10pm
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Jackson Irvine has joined Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

A year ago the former Celtic youth team skipper joined Burton Albion from Ross County and instantly made a big impact in their first season playing in The Championship.

Ten goals in 41 Championship appearances soon made a mark in the second tier of the English game with Burton resigned to having to sell the 24 year old.

Despite Australia’s strong sporting reputation Irvine arrived at Celtic on trial in 2010 without having been picked up by any of the major clubs in his home city of Melbourne.

Celtic soon recognised his ability as a central midfielder, by the start of the 2011/12 season he was playing for the Scotland u-19 side under Billy Stark although he made it known that his international ambitions lay with Australia.

After one competitive appearance for Celtic, as a substitute in a 2-2 draw against Hibs in September 2012, his development was hampered by injury and the strength of Neil Lennon’s midfield.

Irvine impressed in the Dublin Decider against Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in 2013 he went on loan to Kilmarnock where it never really worked out for him playing largely at right back.

His full international career did kick off but after spending the 2014/15 season on loan at Ross County he joined them on a permanent basis the following season for another undisclosed fee.

A man-of-the-match performance as Jim McIntyre’s side won the League Cup confirmed his rapid development before joining Burton last summer.

Irvine is currently with the Australian international squad preparing for Thursday’s vital World Cup qualifier against Japan.