Sunday 4 December 2016

Rogers ready to answer Ireland's call

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

3 October 2016; Danny Rogers of Republic of Ireland during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
3 October 2016; Danny Rogers of Republic of Ireland during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Danny Rogers is hoping to take a leaf from his old schoolmate Cormac Costello's book and star on the big stage, if the call comes from Martin O'Neill.

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The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been drafted into the Ireland squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova and looks almost certain to be the second choice to Darren Randolph.

Last Saturday in the All-Ireland final, Costello came off the bench and scored three crucial points to ensure that Dublin were again crowned champions, and Rogers is dreaming of having a similar impact for his country. The pair both attended Ard Scoil Ris and have remained friends ever since.

"I think I'd be more than capable and be ready," Rogers said confidently.

"That's what happened with Darren. He went in and he's cemented his place. He's been No 1 ever since.

"I'll be more than ready to go in and grab it with both hands. Hopefully it will all go well.

"I know Cormac well. He was a year younger than me in Ard Scoil Ris. He's unbelievable. Even when we were at school, he was just unbelievable."

Rogers was born in New York but having moved to Ireland when he was five years old, he is a Dub through and through.

The former Belvedere schoolboy, who played with Robbie Brady's younger brother Gareth, is currently on his third loan spell with a third different Scottish club from Aberdeen.

The regular game-time with Falkirk in the Scottish Championship has opened the international door, but he has aspirations of playing at a higher level.

Aberdeen clearly rate Rogers and while their manager Derek McInnes would have liked him to remain with the club, he made it clear that he would have been second-choice.

"He wanted to go with experience and he told me I could start off as No 2 and try to break into the team or go on loan," Rogers explained.

"But I don't want to be the No 2, I'm too young for that, I wanted to go on loan and play games.

"It's hard to get a goalie out when he's going well. But if I go back next year after having a good year this year, I'm sure the manager would have to take a look at it.

"I don't want to go out on loan next year, I think I've done my loan spells.

"I'll go back and fight for the No 1 spot."

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