This morning’s show saw the return of Irish Abroad as we focus on former Bohemians man Fuad Sule following his recent move to Barnet in League 2.
A main thing following the move is the different season fixtures between the league of Ireland and League 2. Fuad finished the season with Bohemians in December meanwhile his new team mates are in the middle of their season in League 2, which he said he will need time to adapt to.
“Everyone’s much fitter than me at the moment, much sharper”.
“I need a few sessions to get the rustiness out”.
“I have to get up to scratch with fitness levels, strength and sharpness”.
News of the deal had been known for some time as the interest was announced by the League 2 club two days before transfer deadline day in August. Sule spoke on the day he found out the deal fell through and his thoughts following the disappointment.
“I was waiting around for the paperwork to come through (with everything else done) and it didn’t come in time and the deal was pulled”.
“It didn’t affect me because I knew if it came once, the offer would come again”.
“It’s been ongoing for a while, I’m happy I know where I’m playing next year and I know where my future is.”
Moving away from everything you know at the age of twenty can be very daunting for some people. Leaving behind friends, family and college to pursue a dream but Fuad spoke of how he made the big decision and in turn why he is grateful the move didn’t happen earlier in the summer.
“I knew myself what I wanted in the long term."
“I knew what it takes to get there and opportunities like this don’t come along often.”
“It’s good it didn’t happen in the summer because I would’ve had to leave the next day and my mam only found out when I got home.”
Fuad is no stranger to playing football in England as he has had countless trials as a kid, not always getting the feedback that he craved but he showed his strength of character by taking it all on the chin and aiming to prove them wrong.
“When I was ten or eleven I was very small, I went on trials and the feedback was ‘yeah he is a good player but he’s too small for English football’”.
“At that age it’s hard to take, it’s not up to you how you grow or your development. To be told that it’s not really nice”.
“At that young age I knew I had to prove people wrong, I had to make sure I do get where I want to be. I’m not there yet but I’m on the right track.”
You can listen to the interview in full here.
Also on this morning’s show we had Leinster’s Leo Cullen, Scott Fardy and Sean O’Brien on their impressive win over Ulster and the new Dublin hurling boss Pat Gilroy following his sides first win.
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