MAKING the footballing move to St Colman’s Park from Limerick FC, Adam Foley is now well settled into his new surroundings in League of Ireland football at Cobh Ramblers.
Foley signed for Ramblers ahead of the 2020 campaign. He has made a few appearances for Cobh to-date before domestic Irish football was brought to a halt due to the Coronavirus crisis.
The most recent of those was in the EA Sports Cup penalty shootout victory over UCC, with Foley successfully converting one of the spot-kicks.
Foley, an attacker by trade, took his first steps into League Of Ireland football with Limerick.
He was to spend two seasons with the Limerick U19s, finishing as the league’s top scorer in 2017.
The UL student was to make his first-team debut for Limerick in 2018 in a Premier Division clash against Shamrock Rovers.
In 2019, Foley became a key fixture in the first team for Tommy Barrett’s side, making 17 league appearances and scoring twice.
There is no Limerick representation in the League Of Ireland for 2020 after the club did not apply for a First Division licence, which meant that Foley needed to look elsewhere for League Of Ireland Football.
“I was training hard in the offseason with Stephen Walsh, who helped me out with personal training,” describes Foley to The Echo.
“I wanted to stay in the League of Ireland because I am a young player and I thought if I took the step into junior football, I felt I could have been locked in there, which I would not have been happy to do just yet.
“I want to play at the highest level that I can for as long as possible and hopefully improve.”
Foley adds: “I am really enjoying it so far(at Cobh), of what we had together before all of this happened.
“The lads are really helping me to settle in well, they have welcomed me with open arms.”
Foley is not the only player to join Cobh from Limerick for this term, with Lee Devitt also making the move to the St Colman’s Park club. Both of whom make the trip up a few times a week for training and matches with Ramblers.
“It helps that Lee is traveling as well. So we just travel together, which passes the time.
“The travel was difficult at the start, but it is all worth it in the end. When I get down to the lads, whether it be a matchday or training, just training and playing is the reward.
“Stuart (Ashton) is top class. He has thought me so much since I’ve been here already and I have learnt a lot from him.”
When the action in the League of Ireland can get back underway remains a mystery at this stage.
The FAI have pencilled in June 19 as a target date to return, but at this stage nobody can say that for sure given the uncertain climate we now live in because of COVID-19.
“It is hard to say,” replies Foley when asked about when Cobh and other League of Ireland clubs can potentially return to collective training and matches.
“So we are all doing our bit at home. We have been doing programmes to keep ourselves going at home.
“It is going to be tough, but I have to get myself into the right mindset to keep doing it every day.
“It is something I want to do because I want to keep playing at this level and help the team through the rest of the season.”
As for what they will be looking to target once the action does eventually get back underway, Foley feels Ramblers should be targeting a promotion push and sees no reason why they cannot be in the mix.
“Definitely 100%. I think that we have a very good squad. We may not have gotten off to the best of starts.
“But the last two games we had good performances and we got two wins on the bounce. We were building up momentum, so it was just unfortunate timing with what happened. But our objective is to win as many games as we can and ultimately the playoff places should be the goal.
“I can’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be up there. We have a quality squad and I am hoping to play my part in getting the squad there.
“Whether that is scoring goals or just working hard We all have to put in our bit and this period now where we are off, it will show our character if I am honest.
“I think we are going to work hard during this gap in the season. It will stand to us I think if we all work hard.”
Concluding with a final message for the Cobh Ramblers supporters, Foley declares that the side are determined to hit the ground running when the action returns.
“Just to keep patient at the moment. Everyone is missing their football and I can ensure them that we will be hungry when the season starts back.
“We will be hungry to get going and we will want to win as many games as we can.
“We will keep going and hopefully reach our goal at the end of the season, while putting in good performances so the fans can enjoy it and enjoy something after the big long wait.”
Everyone is missing their football and I can ensure them that we will be hungry when the season starts back