Thursday 30 March 2017

Stephanie Roche: I may end the American Dream and move to the UK

Sam Griffin

Irish footballer Stephanie Roche says she may favour a move to a new club in the UK after her shock release from US club Houston Dash.

Roche, who shot to fame after the goal she scored for Peamount United was voted the world's second best last year, said it had been "a crazy few months" but that she had no regrets.

"I asked the manager what I needed to do to get more game time and he assured me to keep doing what I was doing," she told Independent.ie when asked about being released last month.

"For me personally it was just a positional thing. They had to get defenders in because we were struggling at the back. That's just the way it works. There's nothing I can do now so I just have to move on from it."

Read more: Stephanie Roche: Things happen for a reason - I'm determined to take my opportunity in Boston

The Independent.ie columnist added that she has "other options on her plate" and she is currently considering her next move.

Stephanie Roche will jet off early next month for pre-season training with American team Houston Dash. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Stephanie Roche will jet off early next month for pre-season training with American team Houston Dash. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

"At the moment I'm thinking closer to home.  I was in Boston last week. I enjoyed it but having been in America and seeing how it works I'm not sure I want to risk it again,"she said.

"So maybe England or here even just until I figure it out. "

Roche was yesterday unveiled as a health and wellbeing ambassador for Sodexo Ireland,  one of the country's leading service providers which manages staff restaurants. The company employs 2,000 staff in 200 locations across Ireland.

The company's managing director Margot Slattery said Stephanie "will play a key position in helping our clients and customers to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals".

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