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Thursday, 09 September 2010 08:33

Introducing Padraig Amond

Pacos de Ferreira bring promising Irish marksman to Portugal

Padraig AmondMany eyebrows were raised on transfer deadline day as Pacos de Ferreira completed the signing of a highly reputed Irish striker. So who is Padraig Amond?
Pacos de Ferreira’s new Irish striker is likely to be an unknown quantity to many devotees of the Portuguese game. The very fact that Padraig Amond will now be plying his trade in the Liga ZON Sagres sends one clear message however; he is not your average footballer.
At least, he’s not your average Irish footballer. Players from Ireland, and indeed Britain, have long been notorious for their insular desire to never venture from their own shores, unless for a brief holiday and a chance to confirm the rumours that, in other countries, sunshine isn’t a bicentennial occurrence. 

The now-former Sligo Rovers striker has made a bold and admirable move by setting sail in search of a fresh challenge. He now forms a triumvirate of Irish players who have set out to break the mould this summer. Ireland senior squad members Cillian Sheridan and Aiden McGeady have recently moved to CSKA Sofia and Spartak Moscow respectively. It’s an encouraging trend which one hopes will continue and develop. 

Goal machine

At present, Amond is the leading goalscorer in the Airtricity League, Ireland’s top tier football league. At roughly the half-way point in the season, the 22-year-old has notched 17 goals for Sligo, an impressive tally considering Rovers’ mid-table position. This was also Amond’s first season at the club, having left title-candidates and last year’s runners-up, Shamrock Rovers, after the 2009 season.
One of the brightest young talents in the league, Amond is a natural goalscorer who made his debut in the league aged just 18, in 2006. His reputation as a top marksman grew as he managed 11 senior goals for Shamrock Rovers, including a crucial goal against fierce rivals, Bohemians, to send his side top of the table. 

Pacos fans can expect a talented, hungry striker who has scored goals everywhere he has been and, at such a tender age, has got massive potential. Amond continues to improve each year and could soon mature into a fine player. Stepping out of his comfort zone by moving abroad also displays a commitment which I expect will manifest itself on the pitch to the delight of Os Pacenses. 

Amond has been capped four times at under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, the first of which came in 2008.
by Dean Hayes
Our thanks to Irish journalist Dean Hayes, who writes for Extratime.ie
Comments (16)
Padraig Amond
16 Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:51
No disrespect intended to Sheffield Wednesday, but I was really hoping Padraig would make it in Europe, it would have been a weclome change from the tiresome inevitabillity of seeing an Irish squad with nearly all 23 names based in England. Hopefully he can get his Portugal career back on track and this is just a minor blip. Maith an fear Padraig, tá súil agam rudaí a fháil níos fearr leat go luath.
on trial last night for sheffield wednesday
15 Tuesday, 19 July 2011 21:32
Had an impressive debut apperantly last night. Going close a few times.
Seems to be missing his scoring touch but sounds like a nice lad and quite a hidden talent
well done
14 Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:48
sorry you left shamrock rovers padraig badly missed. great tio see you doing well. will be looking forward to seeing you in green in the Aviva.A credit to Carlow, Sligo, shamrock Rovers and Ireland. Knock in plenty of goals over there and who knows keanos days will be numbered!
Padraig Amond.
13 Sunday, 21 November 2010 20:19
From yuor 'old' teacher in Ballinabranna NS Carlow. Just to let you know that everyone here in the school is very proud of you and wish you the very best in Portugal. Looking forward to seeing you in an Irish senior shirt soon. Remember honing your soccer skills on the basketball court? Go néirí leat is go ngnóthaigh tú céad cúl !
shamrock rovers champions 2010
12 Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:42
Best of luck
Padraig Amond
11 Monday, 27 September 2010 00:54
No more than you deserve Padraig. Any lad in the Irish game that has worked as hard as you since an early age deserves to be playing football at the highest level. It was a brave move and a great example for other young Irish players. Well done and the best of luck for the future. Watched the Braga game online. What a match changing debut.

Com'on the boys in Green. Good Luck.
Paudí Ammond
10 Saturday, 25 September 2010 11:46
Way TA Go Paudí. Though it breaks my heart to see you go, I hope you end up their top scorer and get your Irish cap along with Shamie Colman. C'mon De Bitta Red.
9 Friday, 24 September 2010 10:39
It's a brave move young man. We wish you all the best here in Carlow and throughout Ireland. Good luck agus Slainte!
8 Monday, 20 September 2010 11:57
Great to see Padraig do so well. Scouts should come here more often as there is great up and coming talent.
Padraig Amond
7 Saturday, 18 September 2010 10:42
Best of luck with your new team. You weren't too long with the Bit O' Red but you sure did make a huge impression, thanks for all the effort and all the goals, it won't be too long before you'll be wearing the green of Ireland.
padraig amond
6 Thursday, 16 September 2010 21:00
best of luck to "podge" he was a wonderfull servant for the "bit 'o red". we will do our best without him and win a trophy this year & qualify for europe in his honour.
well done
5 Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:35
well done and thanks to Padraig hope he keeps banging in the goals, we could have done with him when we hopefully win silverware this year,
Best of Luck
4 Thursday, 09 September 2010 23:31
Coulld have done with Paraic staying for the last 9 league games plus cup campaigns as he proved to be our best goal threat for years but I dont think any supporters of SRFC would wish to deny him the opportunity he has been given similar to that afforded to Seamus Coleman when he went to Everton last year again for a fee we all feel dosent match his worth to us or current market value elsewhere
Padraig Amond
3 Thursday, 09 September 2010 18:33
I wish hiim the very best orf luck in his new venture
good luck
2 Thursday, 09 September 2010 11:04
good luck to him, I hope he does really well.

Was Phil Babb the last Irishman to play in the Super Liga?
1 Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:34
It's so great to finally see an Irish man apply his trade somewhere other than his native shores or that of the British.

Seeing as I'm Irish myself, it's a wonderful step up for our football and also a chance to mix a little of our love of the game with the Portuguese.

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