Padraig Amond joins Accrington Stanley on loan
Former Republic of Ireland under-21 striker Padraig Amond has joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on loan from Paços de Ferreira.
Amond, who made seventeen league appearances in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, mostly as a substitute, has joined Accrington Stanley on a season-long loan. Amond was finding it difficult to settle in Portugal, where most of his appearances came from the bench.
“I’ve been playing in Portugal for the last year and really enjoyed playing at a really good standard,” Amond told the club’s official website. “But it’s a little bit far away from home and I can’t speak Portuguese though I was trying my best to learn it. I decided I wanted to come back, play a few games and get back into football and I knew the manager here through Paul Cook at Sligo and it’s come from there.
“The experience of the last year is something I’d never change. I got to play in Benfica’s stadium in front of 60,000 people, got to play against Porto away where we drew 3-3, we beat Sporting Lisbon twice last year, and beat Braga three times. These are all big, big clubs, and it was a great experience for me. It was great to play against them, but I want to play more regular football. I want to start every game, and to be honest, that’s the reason I’ve come here, to get some football under my belt and score a few goals, and get myself back to where I should be.
“People have been saying to me that this a step down, but to be honest I wasn’t really playing too much in Portugal, so this could be a step up. This is a very physical league, and it’ll take me a bit of time to get used to. I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and I’m looking forward to doing my best and scoring a few goals.”
The former Sligo Rovers, Shamrock Rovers, and Kildare County forward has been given the number 23 jersey, and could make his debut against Burton Albion today.