Byrne is a central midfielder who is capable of passing short or long, but has mainly been used by Marc McGregor as a left-back throughout the pre-season of 2018, while Byrne was on trial at the club.
Alex Byrne, just like current Seagull regulars Jason Pope and Jacob Cane, progressed through the Exeter City academy and was given a role within the Grecians first-team for the 2015-2016 season. However, in preparation for league football, Byrne was loaned out to the Woodspring Stadium, alongside Popey, in the summer of 2015, and he made 33 appearances before suffering a nasty ankle injury in Weston’s loss to Maidstone United at the Woodspring, ruling the youngster out for the rest of the season.
Byrne made his competitive Exeter debut in a 1 – 2 loss to Hartlepool, in the Sky Bet League Two in August 2016. Byrne made another first-team appearance that season, and enjoyed a one-month loan to Truro City in February 2017, where he made three appearances for the Cornish club.
In 2017-2018, Byrne was a part of Exeter’s first team squad, but made only two appearances, a 1 – 2 loss to Charlton Athletic in the EFL Cup, and an appearance as a late substitute in a 2 – 0 win over Grimsby Town, before being released by Paul Tisdale from St James’ Park at the end of the 17-18 season.