CIAN COLEMAN is a player whose glowing reputation is growing all of the time.
He has impressed and earned rave reviews thus far on his footballing journey in first team League of Ireland football. The next chapter of his career will see him make the move up to Dublin and St Patrick’s Athletic.
“I’m delighted to sign for a such a big club in St Pats and I can’t wait to start playing in preseason with the lads. I met Harry (Kenny) a couple of weeks back and he’s very passionate about improving players, especially young players so I look forward to working with him.”
A box to box midfielder, he is a player that is full of energy and has attracted the attention because of his consistently solid displays.
2018 was Coleman’s first full season at Premier Division level and he starred for Limerick, during what was a turbulent campaign for the club generally, featuring 35 times and finding the net on two occasions during the league season.
Although Limerick did not have the best of campaigns last term, he was among those to stand out for his impressive individual displays and was arguably the player of the season for the Shannonsiders.
“The season with Limerick was a very tough one considering we were down the bottom and in the end we got relegated. But I’ve learned a lot from that in my first season in the Premier Division.
“I also learned a lot from playing against the big teams in the league and I believe that will stand to me more next season.”
Coleman got his first taste of first-team League of Ireland football with Cobh Ramblers. He was a key performer as Ramblers finished runners-up in the 2017 First Division season.
It becomes abundantly clear right away the high regard he places the St Colman’s Park club in and the importance it has had on his footballing development.
“Playing a full season down in Cobh was massive for me because it wasn’t underage football anymore it was men’s football, so that was really the first taste I got of real competitive games.
“So it benefited me a lot. Stephen Henderson and Stuart Ashton were very good for me and helped me a lot because there two very experienced coaches but not only them.
“Declan Coleman and Shane Kavanagh also coached me in Cobh and I’ve nothing but thanks and praise for all the staff down at Cobh Ramblers.”
Coleman watched on as his former teammates at Ramblers reached the final of the EA Sports Cup.
It should be a great learning curve for those Cobh players long-term and the memories of defeating Dundalk in the semi-final will last a lifetime. Ramblers are a side that is keen to give young Cork players a chance and Coleman is someone that can only vouch for the excellent efforts being put in by the staff at the club.
“Unbelievable achievement from Cobh to get to the EA Sports Final it was great to see. If you are a young player and want to improve and play games it’s the place to be.
“But hopefully in time they can keep their best players and push for promotion because I know that’s what they deserve and what everyone wants down there.”
Prior to his spell down with Ramblers, Coleman was apart of a Cork City U19s side that went on a European voyage in the UEFA Youth League.
After defeating Finnish side HJK Helsinki in the opening round, the Rebel Army had a tie against Italian giants AS Roma to look forward to.
“It’s probably my best memory of underage football,” recalls Coleman. “I just remember playing in Turners Cross in front of four thousand people and the buzz around the ground when we scored.
“We were very unlucky not to win the tie over two legs but looking back we did lose to one of the biggest clubs in Europe in AS Roma.”
It is now all attention being focused on the move to Dublin for the 21-year-old.
St Pat's finished in fifth place in the 2018 Premier Division campaign and will look to push on to mount a challenge for a European place next term.
Coleman will hope to make an impact at Richmond Park next term and show why he is a player many people have been rating very highly.
“I know it won’t be easy to get into the team because the competition for places will be high, I’ll need to work hard and give it my all to have any chance. But I also have to believe in my ability."
On his aims and targets for the 2019 season, Coleman adds:
“Well, of course, the club wants to get back into Europe, where it belongs, so hopefully I can help achieve that.
“Personally I just want to constantly improve and learn off the players around me and play as many games as possible.
“If I am playing I’d like to add goals to my game because I haven’t been doing that enough in recent seasons. But it’s a challenge and I look forward to getting started.”
The move to St Pats is one which is greatly exciting Coleman and he is very keen for pre-season to get started.
If he can maintain the performance levels of recent seasons, The Saints could have a potential gem on their hands.