Former Bohemians winger Danny Grant says he's ready for the challenge of having to prove himself at Championship level in England after he completed his move to Huddersfield Town.
Grant (20) ended his three-year stint at Bohs, having previously played schoolboy football for Cherry Orchard as well as a stint in the Leinster Senior League with Bangor Celtic, when he put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Currently 12th in the Championship table, Huddersfield fended off competition from other clubs in England to land Grant, with Bohs earning compensation because, while Grant was out of contract, his age entitles the Gypsies to a fee. While Huddersfield are pleased with the deal they have already spelled out that Grant has to work his way into their set-up. "The step up to the Championship will be significant for Danny, and he will begin that development in training with the 'B' team alongside the first team squad," their head of football operations, Leigh Bromby, said.
The Lucan lad admits it will take time but he says he can cope.
"It's a club that was in the Premier League a couple of years ago and it's the best opportunity out of the ones I had. I feel like I'm good enough to play at this level and in time I hope I will," Grant said.
"It's going to be a massive challenge, but I'm willing and ready to take that on. To me, the Championship is one of the top five leagues in the world.
"It's massive and I know that will be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to the task."
Grant's exit from Bohs was expected as the U-21 cap had stated his desire to try his luck abroad but the Gypsies have now seen key members of last season's squad depart, Grant (Huddersfield) and Danny Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers) the big losses as Keith Long works on building a new squad for 2021.
Bohs are tracking Jordan Flores (Dundalk) and Lee Desmond (St Patrick's Athletic).
Meanwhile, Karen Duggan paid tribute to her team-mates and colleagues at the double-winning Peamount United side after she was named as the Women's National League player of the year.
"We really kicked on this year and it was such a tight-knit group and I'm just happy that we were able to repay all of the work that the people on the ground at the club deserve," says Duggan.
"With everything that happened this year, the group of girls that we have and finally getting our hands on the cup trophy after many disappointments there, it was just a magnificent season."
Wexford Youths star Ellen Molloy capped off a remarkable year, which included her senior international debut at the age of 16, as she was named Young player of the year in the Women's National League.
"Everything went so fast. I was just hoping to make the team in Wexford firstly and then I had a great debut and it went from there," Molloy said.