Thursday 17 January 2019

Fagan flying high to make up for frustrating year

St Pat's Christy Fagan with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for March. Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
St Pat's Christy Fagan with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for March. Picture: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Christy Fagan has been using his head since making a full return to fitness at St Patrick’s Athletic.

And the striker is reaping the rewards after being named the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month for March.

Fagan has scored five goals for the Dubliners this season after missing a large part of 2015 with persistent problems, and four of those efforts have been headers. Considering he’s just 5ft 9ins, it’s an impressive return.

“I haven’t actually scored with my (favoured) right foot yet,” he smiled yesterday. “Four headers and one with my left foot. The lads have been putting good balls into the box; I just try and be on the move and see if I can get on the end of anything.”

The striker was in good form after contributing to Monday night’s win over Finn Harps in a refixed game in Ballybofey. He thinks the value of that victory will become clear when other sides struggle at the venue.

“Brutal,” was his simple description of the playing surface at Finn Park. “They play it well, they take long throw-ins and corners but we dug in well and did well to match them in the battle.”

For the 26-year-old, it’s a relief to just to be involved after the frustration of last year which was caused by a knee problem.

“If I’d known at the beginning that it would be three-four months then you can get your head around that but when you think it’s four weeks, then another six weeks, then another six weeks and you’re trying different treatments, that’s the frustrating part of it,” he explained.

“I had a PRP injection (platelet replenishment) in Santry and that cleared it up.

“Thankfully I only had to get one of them as they were painful enough. That was the last thing we tried and it cleared it up.

“It involved taking blood out of my arm, they put it into a machine, extract the white blood cells, you get your knee up on a monitor, they find the damaged areas and pump the white blood cells right back into the damaged area, give it six weeks from there and see if it works. It worked well for me.”

That desire for lost time means that the former Manchester United youth – an old colleague of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater – is refusing to rule out a title challenge of his own this term.

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