Monday 5 December 2016

Randolph keen to prove he can be No 1 for club and country

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

Darren Randolph during Ireland training in Abbotstown yesterday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Darren Randolph during Ireland training in Abbotstown yesterday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph is prepared to stay and fight for his place at West Ham even if it poses him problems at international level.

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Martin O'Neill has kept faith with the 29-year-old despite the fact that he is stuck behind Adrian in Slaven Bilic's pecking order.

Alternative option Keiren Westwood is playing regularly for Sheffield Wednesday and Rob Elliot is back in training with Newcastle after an injury nightmare.

Randolph acknowledges that it could leave him in a difficult position but says it's too early to abandon his shot at the Premier League after just over a season with the Hammers.

"There will be a time when it does come," said Randolph, admitting that his patience will run out sometime. "I don't think anyone wants to just sit and not play.

"But I'm not going to give up on Premier League football already. This is just the start of my second season. I'm not just going to up and leave all of a sudden, if that was the case.

"For the time being I'm going to stick at it. I'm not going to walk away from the challenge."

Speaking ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Austria, Randolph said that O'Neill's faith was a source of comfort.

"It's shown obviously if you perform for him he'll reward you," he said.

Irish Independent

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