CORK CITY defender Seán McLoughlin insists that he isn’t bothered by near-constant speculation about the possibility of a move to England.
Since breaking into the Rebel Army back four last season, McLoughlin has been the subject of attention due to his fine performances, but he doesn’t see it as a distraction.
“No, it’s not,” he says. “Obviously, there’s going to be talk if you play well in a few games, the main thing for me really is to focus on Cork City. There’s no point speculating and taking the eye off the ball.
“I experienced that last year and I was able to deal with it. If it happens again this year — I don’t know if it will! — it doesn’t affect me, no.
“Every young footballer would like to play over there at the highest level, but I just have to focus on Cork.”
Having succumbed to a hamstring injury in the draw with Derry City four weeks ago, McLoughlin made his return as a sub in last Friday’s Munster Senior Cup final win over Midleton.
He’s now keen to do his bit to help as City look to continue a recent good run.
“We started slowly in the first few games,” he says, “but more recently we’ve got two wins back-to-back and we’re just trying to build on that.
“We knew it was going to be a tough league from the start, teams like Rovers coming it, so I think if we’re right up there in the mix, which we have been, it’ll be a good season for us.
“I picked up an injury against Derry, but the lads who’ve come in have done brilliantly.
“Dan [Casey] and Conor [McCarthy] scored the last day, so it’s about helping whatever way I can. I’m back now and hopefully I can get some game-time.”
Naturally, he would like to be involved against Dundalk at Oriel Park tomorrow night. While he accepts it’s not a make-or-break game, there is significance attached. “It’s not going to decide the season, but there are a few big fixtures and if we can get points from them it’d be great,” he says.
“We just have to be disciplined, the conditions won’t be great so it’s about knowing when to play. Trying to stop them but also using our strengths as well.
“We’ve gone up there and got results there and we’ll definitely be looking to do the same.
“This year has been a bit different to other seasons, there are a few other clubs involved as well, but Dundalk and ourselves have been up there for a few years.
“As long as we’re up in the pack come the end of the season, that’s all we can ask for, really.”