Monday 22 July 2019

Glebe top scorer Foley moves north


Paul Byrne

Talented winger Adam Foley has officially left Glebe North and will be plying his trade up in Newry next season following his transfer last week.

Foley is considered to be one of the most skilful players in amateur football and has enjoyed an excellent season, finishing the year as Glebe's top scorer and player of the year. He also received a call up for the Republic of Ireland amateur squad and impressed last month in a tournament where he also finished as top scorer.

This won't be Adam's first venture cross border, having previously enjoyed Premiership spells with Glenavon and Portadown. The 29-year old feels that the time is right to say goodbye to Glebe for now and embrace a new challenge, namely trying to help Newry return to the Northern Irish top flight.

"I feel that at 29 years of age I am just entering my peak years and I believe that the time has arrived for a new challenge. I was actually supposed to join Newry back in January but I was carrying a bit of a hamstring injury and I felt it wouldn't be fair on Newry to go up when I wasn't 100% so we postponed the move until the summertime," said Adam.

"I also wanted to stay and help Glebe gain promotion to Senior Sunday but, unfortunately, that wasn't meant to be. I've been with Glebe since I was a kid and I have no doubt that I will be back at some stage. This is my club and I know I will be back in some capacity in the future.

"For now, though, my complete focus is on Newry City and helping them return to the Premiership. They were a bit unlucky last season to go down. I think they were just lacking a bit upfront. The manager, Darren Mullen, has brought me in along with a few other excellent attacking signings and I believe we have a great squad who can definitely bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

"I played a trial game for Darren before Christmas and I really enjoyed how he sets out the team. He plays a 4-3-3 which really suits myself and he plays the game on the ground which is the way I like to play also. Darren gives his players licence to express themselves and I'm excited to get on the pitch and get started. We have a young side here and we will look to hit the ground running and be competitive in every competition we enter. I went up last week to the Showgrounds and I was really impressed with the set up. They have a brilliant pitch and great facilities, including a couple of gyms which are used exclusively by the players.

"I feel I'm playing the best football of my career at the moment and ... I have to accept these new challenges and see how far I can go in the game before it's time to hang up the boots," stated Adam.

Fingal Independent