Friday 21 October 2016

Miele confident ahead of Euro test

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Brandon Miele is finidng his feet at Shamrock Rovers after returning home from Newcastle United
Brandon Miele is finidng his feet at Shamrock Rovers after returning home from Newcastle United

When Brandon Miele signed for Shamrock Rovers last year, he knew the level of competition he faced to get into the starting XI. With two former Ireland internationals in Keith Fahey and Stephen McPhail boosting Pat Fenlon's options, Miele has had to stay patient but since breaking into the side, he has impressed and has no intention in giving up his place.

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The Tallaght native spent four years on the books with Newcastle and although it didn't work out for him on Tyneside, he is determined to rebuild his reputation with the side he grew up supporting.

"Listen, that's life. Things happen in life but you just need to get on with it," he said of his return to Ireland.

"I just need to bounce back, keep showing everyone what I can do and hopefully I can keep on and improve. Obviously I'd like to get more goals for Rovers and get better.

"I think I've gained a bit of experience playing here. It's a tough league and it toughens you up. I think it's good for a young lad to come back and play here for a few years and then try to get a move back (to England)."

Playing with the likes of McPhail and Fahey every day in training is sure to accelerate his development and he revealed how the latter has helped him settle in his new surroundings.

"I've got really close to Keith - me and him are good mates now. Obviously him and Stephen are very experienced players who have done a lot in their careers," Miele stressed.

"They've had very good football careers so I think they're good people to be around. You can speak to them for advice on what to do and what not to do.

"They're good role models for young lads coming in - the U-19s that come in and train with us would look up to them. They're both good lads and they are very professional.

Miele is committed to developing his career with Rovers and maybe then have another go at making it in England. "It would be a great bonus to play for Ireland as well," he added.

After seeing their unbeaten run ended against Bohemians before the break, Rovers bounced back last Friday to beat Galway.

As attentions turn to their Europa League qualifier in Luxembourg tomorrow, Miele admitted that he doesn't know a lot about their opponents, FC Progrès Niederkorn.

Progrès have won their national league just three times, the last win coming in 1981, but the fact they haven't yet began their new season, may well work in Rovers' favour.

"It will be a good trip to Luxembourg. To be honest I don't know much about the team we're playing but hopefully we can go there and get a win," said Miele. "It's going to be a massive experience. Hopefully we can go far and then get one of the big boys.

"I think we have good back room staff and they'll do what they can to find out what they can about the team. I think we'll approach it like any other game and go and get a win.

"Hopefully we'll be fitter. We're mid-season so I think that's probably going to be an advantage to us. But we can't underestimate them. Football is a funny game and we need to concentrate on performing on the day and getting a win."

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