SEAMUS CONNEELY: THE STORY SO FAR
It’s not uncommon to see promising League of Ireland stars to make the move to England to further their bright careers, and Seamus Conneely is one of them.
Very highly rated in his time in Ireland, the former Galway United full back spent three years plying his trade here, before joining nPower Championship strugglers Sheffield United.
Seamus Conneely wasn’t always a familiar name in Irish football, only making a big name for himself in 2009, when he nailed down his place in the starting line-up after Alan Keane departed for Sligo Rovers. Before then, Conneely acted as back-up in 2008, after working his way up from the U-21 side in which he put in many great performances in 2007 after his move from fellow Galway based side Mervue United, who now happen to share Terryland Park with Galway United. Just think of it
as the way the San Siro is shared between Inter Milan and AC Milan, only much smaller and with poor attendances for both teams.
After stand-out 2009 and 2010 seasons, this 22-year-old finally took his chance and made the move over the water to sign for Sheffield United, along with former St. Pats Athletic midfielder Dave McAllister. He’s not walked into an easy club though, as the club are struggling in the relegation zone and have a fight on their hands to avoid the drop, but Conneely is confident they can stay up, saying that “You've got to believe that you can stay up until it is mathematically impossible. 3 years ago I was part of a Galway United that was written off and it was said we were doomed to the 1st division. Yet we went on a fantastic run over the last third of the season and stayed up on the last day of the season. Obviously it's going to be very tough but I have a feeling that one win could turn the whole season around. Hopefully that win comes sooner rather than later.”
Conneely hopes to give a good account for himself in the reserves, and hopes he makes the right impression that leads to a call up to the senior team, “Obviously I would like to get involved with the 1st team but I understand that the current situation doesn't really allow for youngsters to be introduced. Hopefully next season I can have a real go at breaking into the 1st team.”
Conneely has also played at underage level for the Republic of Ireland, and feels to confidence stemmed from those call-ups can lead to him playing at the next level for his country, “It was a great experience. Playing for your country is a goal of most (if not all) professional footballers. I'm very proud of those caps and they're something that can never be taken away. I think my involvement with the u21s also gave me the belief that I could play at the next level.”
So with a long career ahead of the young full-back, many will be watching his progress with great hope and anticipation he can reach the same heights as Keith Fahey and Seamus Coleman, and make a name for himself at the highest level of English football and on the International stage.