Spotlight: Padraig Amond
It is a long way from Carlow to Portugal. Padraig Amond is now discovering just how far. Amond has moved to Portuguese side Paco de Ferrerira making him one of only a handful of Irish players to ply their trade on the continent.
The goal-scoring exploits of the Carlow native this season – he has netted 23 goals in all competitions – attracted the interest of the Portuguese Liga side. The fee is believed to be in the region of €60,000.
Amond’s career has seen him move between Sligo Rovers, Shamrock Rovers, and Kildare County. He has also represented Ireland at under 21 level on four occasions.
The challenge of playing in Portugal is something that is exciting Amond. “To be able to share the pitch with the likes of Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Braga who already beat Celtic and beat Sevilla last week. It’s a dream come true.
“It’s probably a bigger thing for my family because my Mam and Dad have put a lot in taking me up and down to Dublin for ten or 11 years and this is more for them than anyone else. Hopefully I can do myself justice out here and if that means I’m out here for longer than three years I’ll be happy with that.”
Moving to Paco de Ferrerira makes Amond the fifth Irish player to play in Portugal, following in the footsteps of Phil Babb, Alan Mahon, Dominic Foley, and Mickey Walsh. Time will tell if Amond, a former Carlow Sports Person of the Year winner, will be a success. For the meantime Amond can look forward to the visit of Braga, this season’s Champions eague surprise package on the 19th of September.L
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