Hard work paying off for Duffy

, 18 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Shane Duffy tells the Irish Post about his new-found perspective on football after a season in the Championship with Yeovil Town and the rediscovery of his bravery following a near-fatal injury four years ago.

On the world of difference between the top flight at Goodison and the more hard-scrabble world in the Football League:

Life at a Premier League club is so good, you dont want to leave. They can spend millions on a team of video analysts. At Yeovil, there is one guy who does that. Everton have 10, 11 physios, masseurs, Yeovil have one. We take a bus to away games from Yeovil. At Everton, we either fly or go by train.

Does the difference get to me? Of course not. I love being here, love playing first team football, love the fact that we have a small budget and are written off. As a defender I am in a team where our backs are always against the wall. You have to fight. That is what this club is all about. Fighting.

On his brush with death following a collision playing for Republic of Ireland U21s and his burning desire to make it in the Premier League with Everton:

That incident certainly took a lot out of me, he says. I wasnt the same afterwards. I struggled for form and it was only this season when I started to play alright again. I dont know what was happening to me mentally, but basically when I went onto the pitch, it came down to bravery.

I was still brave, but not as brave as before. Id not clatter into a goalkeeper at a corner like I once did. Mentally I was cautious. There was something in my head. And it affected my performances. Now I dont think about the injury at all whenever I play.

Ive had a good few kicks in the same part of my body and they didnt hurt. Im back to being me.

I had to pull myself together. Things were going downhill. I had to work harder, tried to live right, make sacrifices about going on loan to Yeovil things like that. Im still young. I can get back to Premier League level.

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