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Amond aiming for an Ireland call-up

24 September 2010 3,417 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Padraig Amond is proving that his brave move to Portugal’s Pacos de Ferreira from the League of Ireland was a wise one. He’s settling nicely into the Pacos squad, and was part of a double substitution at the weekend which totally changed the game for his new side. Trailing 2-0 at home to Sporting Braga, Amond was part of a double substitution with David Simao on 58 minutes, leading the charge to a 2-2 draw. It was an insightful change from boss Rui Vittoria, with Amond even winning the club’s man of the match award for just 32 minutes on the pitch.

Pacos are currently undefeated, and sit sixth in the table after five games. Amond was the League of Ireland’s top scorer last season, and will be looking to build on the strong showing in his debut on Sunday afternoon. Paços had sent their sporting director to watch Sligo Rovers’ cup tie against Amond’s former employers, Shamrock Rovers. Amond scored twice in the game, and that was enough for the Portuguese club to make a bid for the 22 year old the following morning.

Sligo originally rejected the bid “The club are very keen for Amond to stay at The Showgrounds as we look to build our challenge for honours this year”, but after negotiations, the move to the Portuguese Liga was sealed.

Amond knew he had to make the switch to a bigger league than the League of Ireland in order to register on Trapattoni’s radar. He was interviewed by BackPageFootball’s Hold the Back Page podcast: “It’s everyone’s dream and ambition to play international senior football. I’m not going to kid myself, it’s going to be a really tough task. No disrespect to the Irish league, but there’s no-one going to get picked up from the Irish team. Keith Fahey had to move before he got a cap and Fats was probably the best player in the league for a few years. He deserved a cap even when he was in it. There’s a few other players who would’ve been there or there abouts for caps. The like of Kevin Doyle had to go before he got any recognition. That’s just the unfortunate way things are.

“Trapattoni said earlier in the year the league isn’t good enough to just jump into international football, so I know I’m not going to jump straight in, if I do eventually get a couple of caps it’d be a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play with Ireland no matter what level. I got my under 21 debut a few years ago, and my 23s one this year, albeit it was only the Irish league team, but it was still a cap. Something I’m very proud of.

“If I can put out a few more performances like I did at the weekend, hopefully someone might take notice of me in the FAI and who knows what might happen. If a cap comes, a cap comes. It’d be brilliant. If not, I’ll just put my head down and keep trying. Try to do the best I can.

“Every time you get called into an Irish squad, whether it’s a training squad or a B squad or an under-23 squad, it’s a privilege for anyone when you pull on the jersey and you stand for the national anthem, it’s something that not many people have got to do and it literally does make the hair on your neck stand up. It’d be fantastic if it happened, it’s something I really would like to happen but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Watch highlights of Paços de Ferreira’s 2-2 draw with Braga:

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