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Quigley: I'd have to go abroad to catch Trap's eye

HE WAS once touted as a possible Ireland international by Giovanni Trapattoni's right-hand man Marco Tardelli.

But Bohemians new recruit Mark Quigley admits he will have to follow the example of people like Brian Murphy and leave Ireland if he ever wants a chance to play for his country at senior level.

Striker Quigley was one of the few players mentioned by name when Trapattoni and Tardelli spoke after watching the Republic's U23 side play Northern Ireland in Lurgan when Trapattoni took charge two years ago, and Tardelli was also impressed with Quigley when he attended a St Pats-Linfield game soon after. The former Millwall player also made an impression during the Saints' run in European football over the last two seasons.

By his own admission, Quigley's form dipped last season to the extent where he admits that he needed "a kick up the arse", but now he fears that international football is a lost cause once he is attached to an Irish club.

"I don't think I will ever win a cap if I am in this country," said former U21 international Quigley, who made his competitive debut for Bohs in Saturday's 3-1 Setanta Sports Cup win away to Coleraine.

"You have to be in England to win a cap and that's just the way it is. Maybe I could catch the eye of the manager. I know I did well there for a couple of seasons and there was some stuff in the press, where Tardelli spoke about me after I played in that U23 game against the North.


"I was forgotten about last season because things didn't go well for me and I now have a point to prove. I didn't score too many goals last season but people forget I had a few very good seasons before that, with Rovers and with Pats, so maybe I can start well this season, catch the eye of a few people and who knows what might happen?" added the former Millwall and Shamrock Rovers man.

Quigley had a superb run of form with Pats -- the club he joined in 2006 from Shamrock Rovers -- from 2007 to 2008, scoring 30 league goals, but last term was a flop as he managed just four.

"I didn't do myself justice at all last season, I had a terrible year," he confesses. "In the two seasons before that I had scored lots of goals and I was looking to build on that, but it never happened for me.

"I had bad injuries and my fitness wasn't great but I can't use that as an excuse as I didn't play well enough for Pats. Now I have a chance to play for Bohs under Pat (Fenlon) and Liam O'Brien.

"Getting into the team at Bohs will be very hard. They won the league last year and scored a lot of goals, they still have Jason Byrne and Paddy Madden and have signed Raff Cretaro and Aaron Greene as well as me so I won't have it handy here.

"I have played left wing and right wing under Pat in pre-season so maybe that's where Pat sees me.

"I want to win things, I have been in football for a good few years now and never won a medal, apart from a few five-a-sides, but I am determined to finish this season with at least one medal with Bohs.

"I have just turned 24 and I have a good few years left, but this season will be a big disappointment for me if I don't win something with Bohs."