X Factor's Eoghan Quigg signs for Tyrone soccer club

Eoghan Quigg with Coagh manager Ian Todd

FORMER X Factor star Eoghan Quigg has transferred his talent for singing to soccer after signing for a Co Tyrone football club.

The talented Dungiven man found fame in 2008 at the age of 16 as a finalist on TV talent show The X Factor.

But now the 23-year-old performer has traded his microphone for football boots after joining Coagh United.

Quigg will be playing in Championship Two, Northern Ireland football's third tier.

He made his debut on Friday night in a 1-0 defeat against rivals Tobermore United.

Before the match Quigg posted a message on his Instagram social media profile.

"First game of the new season tonight, looking forward to this new opportunity that I've been given. Not used to wearing a shirt and tie to football matches though," he wrote.

Following the match he also said he was pleased to line out for the club.

Posting some photos of himself in action on the pitch, he wrote on Instagram: "Happy to have made my debut for Coagh United the other night."

Quigg previously played GAA and for Dungiven Celtic.

Coagh manager Ian Todd said a tip-off from his assistant manager led to the eye-catching summer signing.

"We invited him to the club, got him doing a bit of training, and I was suitably impressed by him. He's a smashing lad. A really nice kid," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Quigg made the final of The X Factor in 2008, finishing third to winner Alexandra Burke and runners-up JLS.

Last year he made an unsuccessful bid to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

It is not the first time a singer has displayed their football skills.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson impressed Doncaster Rovers in a charity game and was offered a non-contract deal.

He also played for Celtic in another charity match in September 2013.

And Westlife's Nicky Byrne had spent some years in Leeds United's academy as a goalkeeper before finding fame in the chart-topping Irish boyband.


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