TALENT Conor Tee
A 17-year-old with very strong Mayo connections is making strides at Leicester City.
Conor Tee caused plenty to sit up and notice when he struck a hat-trick for Leicester’s Under 20s in a 6-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox on September 26 last.
Conor’s mother Maureen is from Bangor-Erris while his granny, Eileen Deane from Main Street in Bangor, is watching Conor’s development with pride.
So too are Conor’s uncles Patrick, Seán and Gerry. His granddad John died in 2011.
Conor is at Leicester City for four years now and moved full-time to the club at the start of the 2016/17 season. Early next year will be the make or break time. Conor will either be offered a professional contract if they wish to keep him or he will be released.
After scoring six goals in his last seven games, playing in the number 10 position behind the front two, Conor’s chances appear quite good.
His mother Maureen moved to England 25 years ago and married Northampton native, Spencer Tee. The couple live there, with four children. It’s 45 minutes from Leicester.
His hat-trick against Rangers was with Leicester’s Under 20s even though Tee usually lines out with the club’s Under 18 team.
He’s a regular visitor to Mayo and a big fan of the Mayo Gaelic football team, having been to see them several times.
He also played some games with Bangor Hibs when home for the summer in his younger years and trained with Breaffy GAA too, where his uncle Seán Deane is heavily involved. Seán’s son John is the same age as Conor and the two are close friends.
Indeed, Conor has also met Mayo star Aidan O’Shea on occasion and made some arrangements for O’Shea to attend the recent Premier League game between Leicester and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
And Conor’s uncle Seán confirms that if Conor is deemed good enough, he’d love to play for Ireland.
“He wants to play for Ireland and the Leicester Under 18 manager has been in contact with the FAI. If he was to play, he would actually qualify through his granny as Maureen was born in England before we moved home not long after,” Seán Deane told The Mayo News.
The Leicester under-18 manager is Trevor Peake, a former player with Coventry City’s 1987 FA Cup winning team. He’s full of praise for Conor Tee.
The Foxes of Leicester website say how Conor and Tyrese Shade have been ‘scoring and assisting with consistency throughout the season’. Peake told the website that he saw comparisons in Conor with Shinji Okazaki, one of the stars of Leicester’s first team.
“Conor plays in a No. 10. If you look at our first team, when [Shinji] Okazaki plays, he is a bundle of energy, and Conor is just like that,” said Peake.
Conor Tee, remember the name.