Rob Heffernan's son Cathal Heffernan could be set for a move to the Bundesliga

Rob Heffernan's son Cathal Heffernan could be set for a move to the Bundesliga

IRELAND'S MOST famous race walker Rob Heffernan's son could be set for move to Germany.

Cathal Heffernan is being linked with a move to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen and cannot move to England due to Brexit rules restricting a move to a British club until he is 18.

The younger Heffernan plays for Cork City as a defender. The player’s management team, Sire 7 posted a social media post showing the corkman wearing the German club’s kit with the caption ‘soon’.

Many people will know his father Rob Heffernan, who competed at the 2012 Olympics, Heffernan finished ninth in the 20km race, a week later he finished fourth in the 50km for Ireland

Olympics Day 8 - Athletics : News Photo Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Heffernan's son has attracted interest from teams in England and in Europe.  He recently trained with the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, and Roma 

He was given a professional contract at Cork City by manager Colin Healy last June after a breakthrough year for the teenager 

He also played for the Republic of Ireland U17s that finished top of its European Championship 

He could become one of many Irish footballers that are looking to move abroad to further their careers in Ireland.

This week St Pat's teenage defender James Abankwah completed a move to Serie A side Udinese and Derby's Festy Ebosele is being linked with a move to Germany.

In recent years the likes of Kevin Zefi joined Inter Milan and others have made the choice to go abroad, 

This is mainly down to Brexit. This means that Irish boys aged 17 or below can no longer sign for English clubs. They must wait until they are 18 to sign a deal with a club in the United Kingdom.

Players who moved abroad like Gavin Bazunu and Andrew Omobamidele to Manchester City and Norwich will not be a regular thing in the years to come.