Hoban wonder strike whets the appetite for the season ahead

Published 20/02/2013 | 05:20

IT may have just been a quickly arranged training match following the cancellation of the Dungannon friendly last Tuesday – but the handful of people that witnessed Dundalk's game with the Irish Army side were all talking about one thing – Patrick Hoban's spectacular goal!

After the match, Hoban spoke about his move to the club and how he is settling in, revealing: 'I didn't know Stephen prior to this move. I think he came to see us play towards the end of the season. I met him in Galway to discuss the move and things progressed from there.

'It took me about two weeks to decide. It's been a big change moving to Dundalk, but I'm setting in well now and very happy. I'm getting used to the scenary and the surroundings.

'The manager, Vinny and the fitness coach have been great.'

For such a young player, Hoban has had an eventful few years, as he explained.

'I started off in my home town in Loughrea. I played in Ballinasloe and at youth level at Athlone Town. I joined Mervue United for a season before I went to England for one year at Bristol City.

'That was a great experience before I came back to play for Mervue last season.'

Hoban became well known in Irish football circles by virtue of his high scoring rate for Mervue United in the First Division and his aim this year, as Kenny alluded to at the Trust agm three weeks ago, is to show he can play at a higher standard.

'Last year was a tough year for Mervue and myself. We were a struggling team, but I scored 12 goals which I thought was a good return considering we were at the bottom end of the table.

'My aim this season is to prove that I am good enough for this level. I believe I am good enough and that is why I am here.

'I just want to get games and score goals and get to the highest level possible for me to get to. Dundalk FC is where it is going to happen.'

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