Tuesday 22 August 2017

Powell has no plans to move back home

Neil Ahern

Conor Powell has admitted he will not consider a move back to the League of Ireland after he was released from League One side Colchester United just five months after moving across the water.

The former Bohemians left-back had played just two games since signing for John Ward's side on a free transfer in January.

He originally signed on a six-month contract, but has failed to trigger a clause that would have extended it to 18 months had he played 10 games or more.

"I don't think I had a fair crack of the whip and it was a bit disappointing," said Powell.

"A young lad (Ben Coker) made his debut while I was undergoing a kind of mini pre-season and the manager took a liking to him.

"I didn't get a run of games then, the manager hadn't said a lot to me and I told him I thought I was capable of performing in the first-team, but it was just a difference of opinions at the end of the day."

Despite the setback, the 23-year-old Portmarnock man believes he is capable of making it in England.

"I intend staying here and getting a contract. I have belief in my own ability. Going back to Ireland is not an option right now," he said.

Meanwhile, another Irishman on the look out for a new club is injury-jinxed Willo Flood, who has been released by Middlesbrough.

Irish Independent

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