Seamus Coleman interview: Home is where the heart is for Everton man

, 19 March, 6comments  |  Jump to most recent
Ireland defender wants to play Gaelic football in Killybegs after professional career ends.

I love it over here now and Im settled but I missed home a lot. I went over at 20 and I struggled. If Id had to do it at 15, 16 Id have struggled massively.

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 21/03/2016 at 14:06:15
A good read, down to earth, honest as the day is long, no big head, his humility shines through. A lot of professional footballers would improve as people if they behaved like Seamus. I like him as an Everton player; I like him a lot more after reading that article.
Ciaran Duff
2 Posted 22/03/2016 at 09:17:08
Fair play to him. Worked really hard to get where he is today and he is very open and honest for a modern professional.

It is interesting that he says he would like to go back and play GAA some day. It might become an "issue" in a few years time when he has to think about what age he tries to do that.

It reminds a bit of Tadhg Kennelly who came to the Sydney Swans from Ireland (Kerry) and won the AFL Premiership (first Irish born player to do that). He had a huge urge to go back and play for Kerry and after several seasons with the Swans he went back to play for Kerry for a season, taking a massive pay cut into the bargain.

It worked out well as he was on the Kerry All Ireland winning team (first and only player to win AFL and All Ireland medals). He then came back to the Swans for 2 seasons and then retired.

Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 22/03/2016 at 11:10:13
Ciaran, I'd say Seamus will go back to Killybegs when he's pushing forty and make himself available for his local club in whichever code they want him in. His body might only allow a year or two of that. I'd be more concerned with what he'll do with himself during the week in the neglected North West.

Kennelly was different in that he had good playing years ahead of him.

Danny Harkin
4 Posted 22/03/2016 at 22:31:03
What a refreshing interview from a true professional in every sense of the word. A credit to Donegal, Ireland and Everton Football Club.
Ciaran Duff
5 Posted 23/03/2016 at 09:25:00
Shane – I reckon he’ll end up running his Dad’s pub (that used to be the default job for a lot of retiring professionals) and/or maybe do some youth development or academy stuff. I can’t see him staying with Everton beyond 35 or so. He might even be tempted to go earlier if some young pup comes in and takes his place.
Dara Vaughan
6 Posted 23/03/2016 at 10:11:37
Down to earth, such a sea change on the nonsense the likes of Rooney and Yaya come out with.

One advantage to having started in the professional game at 20/21 years of age, his legs are going to keep going for a tad longer than your overplayed, hyped up, burnt out players like Rooney. Great news for Everton, now if only Baines could find five years somewhere.

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