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England move 'not a priority' for Dundalk star Quigley

Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00

Dundalk's Mark Quigley accepts his Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for
March in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
Dundalk's Mark Quigley accepts his Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for March in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

Keith Fahey might be tipping him for a move to England, but Dundalk's Mark Quigley is not packing his bags just yet.

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The striker has prospered at Oriel Park since his close-season transfer from Bohemians and he has already managed to scoop the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland (SWAI) player of the month award for March.

His technique has been matched with an eye for goal so far this campaign -- he has scored eight goals in 12 matches.

And the forward, who had a spell at Millwall at the outset of his career, has been tipped for higher planes by former St Patrick's Athletic team-mate Fahey, whose move back to England at 25 -- the same age Quigley is now -- has seen him nail down a regular place in the Ireland squad.

"If Mark didn't get a move away it would be a shame," Fahey said. "I'd love to see him test himself at a higher level.

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"He'll continue to score goals in Ireland and do bits and pieces that are amazing, but I would love to see him test himself by doing it somewhere else. He can only get better."

But Quigley, whose career seemed to have stalled before his move to Dundalk, says that while a move to England is something he would consider, it is not currently a priority.

"Since I came back I've never been one to chase a move across the water. It's never really appealed to me," he said. "I've always sort of said, if a club came in and wanted to sign me I'd speak to them. I've to do well here to get a move to England.

"I've got my girlfriend and my child and I bought a new house last year, so I'm happy at home. But if something happened, I'd probably have to think about it.

"At the moment I don't really think of England as a possibility," he added.

Irish Independent

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