Tyreik Wright in action against Roi Herman of Israel during the UEFA European U21 Championship play-off first leg match between Republic of Ireland and Israel at Tallaght Stadium. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Tyriek makes Wright move to Plymouth

Cork’s Tyreik Wright has left Premier league club Aston Villa to join Plymouth Argyle in a permanent transfer.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international forward moved to the League One leaders for an undisclosed fee.

He joined Villa in the summer of 2019 as a 15 year old and never played for the first team but has had loan spells at Salford City, Colchester United and Walsall. Most recently, he spent the first half of this season on loan at Bradford City, scoring four goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.

His loan was cut short at League 2 Bradford in order to facilitate his permanent move to Plymouth.

The former Lakwood United player’s contract with Villa was set to end this summer.

Argyle boss Steven Schumacher said: “Tyreik is another very talented youngster that we are delighted has signed for Argyle. He is an exciting player who enjoys taking people on and will get the Green Army off their seats.

“He has explosive power, really good ability, and hopefully is going to be a very good player for us. He will offer an option for us in various different positions, as he is very versatile.

“Credit once again to our hard-working recruitment and data teams who have identified several players that will benefit Argyle now, and going forward,” he added.

“I’m absolutely buzzing with the move,” the Corkman told Argyle TV. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the lads, to play in front of the fans, and show them what I’ve got.”

He said that while his first few loans didn’t go well, Bradford was his best experience. “I absolutely loved it at Bradford. They welcomed with open arms straight away. I got to know the lads and got to play in front of 17,000 fans every week. I loved my time there, but when Argyle came knocking on the door, I couldn’t turn it down. It’s a step to the next level, and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s a great club with great history. I want to take the next step in my career. I want to play at the highest level possible. It was a no-brainer really.”

Wright is not eligible for selection for Argyle’s Papa Johns Trophy quarter-final tie against Bristol Rovers tonight, as he has played for Bradford in that competition, but he will be available for league action from the weekend.