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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ireland prospect Coll quits Old Trafford

Stephen Maguire

IRELAND U-17 international goalkeeper Joe Coll has quit Manchester United.

Coll, tipped by many to follow in the footsteps of fellow Donegal men Packie Bonner and Shay Given and become Ireland No 1, made the decision because he was not getting enough games.

United beat off a string of other clubs to sign Coll, who comes from Glenea in west Donegal, two years ago when he was just 16.

Coll, who still had a full year to go on his contract, said last night that he left the club on good terms.

"I asked to be released because I simply did not feel I was getting enough football. Manchester United are a big club and they have a lot of goalkeepers fighting for places.

"I asked if I was going to get more football and they said they couldn't guarantee me anything. I just decided there and then that I needed to move on if I am to develop my career.

"I have learned so much in the past two years and I couldn't say a bad word about the people at the club. I just thought I owed it to myself to try and fulfil the potential I think I have."

Coll hasn't found another club yet but he is hopeful of making the big breakthrough.

"I have nothing concrete but I'm sure I will be speaking to a number of people," he said.

Irish Independent

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