Former Cork City star Kieran Sadlier is aiming for an Irish call-up

Former Cork City star Kieran Sadlier is aiming for an Irish call-up

Rotherham United's Kieran Sadlier celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrew's. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

HAVING moved from League One side Doncaster Rovers to join Rotherham United during the summer, former Cork City star Kieran Sadlier is hoping that his move to the Championship side will help him achieve his ambition of playing with the Republic of Ireland senior team.

The attacker has featured in all of Rotherham’s Championship games this season yet was omitted from Stephen Kenny’s latest Irish squad. However, the 26-year-old was not surprised by Kenny’s selections.

Sadlier said: “Personally my aim is to break into that Ireland squad this season.

“I’m working extremely hard to do that. I didn’t expect to be in the first few squads because I’ve only played a small amount of games so far in the championship.

“I think playing in the Championship gives me a better opportunity of getting into the Ireland squad. The pace of the game in the Championship is much quicker than League One.

“There are fewer mistakes being made on the pitch. When a player does make a mistake, more often than not they are punished for it.

“There are big clubs in the Championship and some excellent players too so it does help my chances of getting a call-up if I’m playing well. I’m looking to push on and get more games, more goals and assists and get into the Irish squad because personally I know I’m good enough.”

Sadlier spent 18 months with Doncaster before joining Rotherham. The attacking winger was a free agent in the summer and had plenty of offers but felt after meeting with the Rotherham staff, he knew they were the club he wanted to join.

Joining a new club can be difficult but having already got on the scoresheet and, having fellow Irishmen at the club, the former City players feels settled with the Millers.

“There were a lot of clubs in the UK and abroad interested, some nice offers but my focus was on getting to the championship next and Rotherham suited that perfectly, it’s a very enjoyable place to come and play every day,” he said.

“I’ve settled brilliantly. One of the reasons I came to Rotherham was because how good the staff and club came across to me when we were in discussions and the extra mile they went to get me made me want to sign straight away. It couldn’t have gone any better so far.

“Cheo (Chiedoize Ogbene) and Trevor Clarke have been at the club awhile and they have help me as well. I knew them already from playing against them in Ireland! They have been good helping me settle into the routine of training and everything.

“To be fair the whole squad have been brilliant, they are all great lads. Scoring against Birmingham was great, it kinda just settles your head as an attacker, that you’ve got your first championship goal and now you can crack on and get many more hopefully.

“I’m on penalties at the club, so I was always confident of scoring when I got the chance.”

The coronavirus has affected every industry in the world and football is no different. Although the wealth in the English game is vast compared to other leagues there is a fear that clubs outside England’s top tier might struggle to survive without spectators being allowed at games.

It’s something Sadlier and his teammates try not to focus on too much.

The 26-year-old said: “We don’t really talk about the impact the coronavirus could have on our futures, we just have to focus on the present and winning matches.”

Although he was only at the club for a short time, Sadlier was very successful during his time with City winning the double and also finishing the club’s top scorer in the 2018 season.

Kieran Sadlier celebrates scoring. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Kieran Sadlier celebrates scoring. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

With City struggling at the wrong end of the league, Sadlier is hopeful that his former club can survive.

He said: “I’ve great memories from my time with City and it’s difficult seeing the club in their current position.

“From what I see from afar, it’s not been a great last couple seasons but then again the turnaround of players has been massive and that’s going to have its effects at any club.

“I really hope they can start to build again and be the force they once were.”

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