Robbie Keane has praised the recent impact made by defensive prospect Stephen Kelly and states that he is glad the young Irishman is one of ours.
The pacy 20-year-old has started the last two games in the absence of the suspended Stephen Carr and has given a good account of himself in testing circumstances.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 captain made his full debut in the final game of 2003 at home to Charlton and his progress has since been rewarded with a call-up to the Irish senior squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic.
"Steo is a great lad," commented Robbie. "The games that he has been involved in he has done a tremendous job and it hasn't looked like it is his first few games.
"He seems like he has been there a few years and has done a good job. He is a strong lad, has good pace and is good in the air.
"He is a great defender, hard to get past and is definitely one for the future.
"I'm just glad that he's ours."