Portsmouth boss: Curtis thriving after Irish head start
Kenny Jackett credits Ronan Curtis' Irish preparation for hisÂ remarkable instant impact.
The forward is in the frame for a Republic of Ireland debut against Poland tonight as his whirlwindÂ progress continues.
Curtis departed Derry City mid-season forÂ Fratton Park in June.
With the SSE Airtricity League campaign starting in February, the 22-year-old hadÂ scored eight goals and been a first-team regular by the time of his Pompey switch.
It's that match fitness Jackett believes has given Curtis a head start during the early days of his Blues career.
And Pompey are reaping the rewards.
Jackett said: '˜I have been pleased with Ronan, he has a lot of ability.
'˜He'd had two weeks off by the time of our pre-season, that's all, and it looked like he had been playing football when maybe the others hadn't.
'˜Whether that gave him an advantage or not I don't know. Hopefully it doesn't project late on where he burns out.
'˜But he started the season very confidently from day one and was a reflection of the fact he had been playing summer football in Ireland, hopefully giving him the confidence to hit the ground running.
'˜In his first league match against Luton, he played through the middle and provided a goal for Jamal with a really good cut back.
'˜He has since settled down on the left of that front three and started the season really well.
'˜At the moment I see him onÂ the left, but I do think he has the flexibility at the right time to give us pace down the middle.
'˜We'll see how the season develops, he has made a very good start to his career here, right the way fromÂ pre-season.
'˜There have been goals and assists already '“Â it looks like he'll be an asset for us.'
Pompey's last international player at senior level wasÂ Mustapha Dumbuya.
The right-back appeared for Sierra Leone in October 2012 during a brief Fratton Park stay.
While, in terms of UK and Republic of Ireland national sides, Curtis would be Pompey's first since Liam Lawrence in May 2011.
Jackett added: '˜Ronan isÂ confident, he isÂ spiky, he's competitive and he wants to win.
'˜He brings a lot of personality, but good players should, they should have a lot of personality.
'˜If you've got a good squad then they can project their personality.'