Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sean Russell Interview

Okay Sean this year UCD came into the Premier Division with the surprising title of First Division Champions, do you reckon with that in mind that this season was relatively successful?

Yes I believe that this season was a success for us because we achieved our main ambition of staying in the premier division. Staying in the top league in the country was one of our main priorities and I believe that we did it in great manor and style by the way we played

And you yourself managed to break into the first team on numerous occasions, were you happy with the amount of appearances you got? 

Yes. I never expected to be called up so soon seen as I was only sixteen and there were other players older and more experienced than me, so I was grateful just for breaking into the first team this season

You played in that historic game against Shamrock Rovers in October, when the final whistle blew, how excited were you?

Yeah when I found out I was playing I was very excited so to go on and win the game was even better. It was great to play against the champions and was a great experience

Do you reckon that results that the College got against teams like that contributed to the dramatic finish at the top of the table?

Yes it all adds up when the season comes to an end. Every point counts as we seen this season. Each team play their part in getting results and it lead to a dramatic and exciting end to the season this year which is what everyone wants to see

Which was your favourite game of the season?

For me personally it would have to be the game against Rovers. It was fantastic to watch so to play in it and be a part of it was great. And of course to beat the league winners is always a good thing

And you were also part of the team who won the A-League final as well; did that win feel good as a send-off for the season?

Yeah it was a good send off. It was good to win some silver wear this year. The A-league was a strong league with a lot of good teams in it so it was great to win it

And did it make it even sweeter that Bohemians played very close to a first-team XI?

I didn’t play the game but it was a great test for the lads to play against a strong Bohs side and we won the match with a deserved win although Bohs did give us a good game.

And finally what are your plans for the future?

Well I’m very happy at UCD at the moment. I believe that as a younger player in Ireland there is not better team to play for, it gives you the most opportunities to prove yourself and gain experience as a young player so I’m happy to stay with UCD for this season.

We would like to thank Sean for his time and remember stay tuned this week as we pile on the interviews with Ryan Guy, Matthew Blinkhorn AND Enda Curran all in Donagh Corby's hot seat.


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