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Fahey says he is happier with day to day life at Rovers and things are going well on the pitch for Pat Fenlon’s charges after a 100pc start to the season.

Fahey says he is happier with day to day life at Rovers and things are going well on the pitch for Pat Fenlon’s charges after a 100pc start to the season.

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Fahey says he is happier with day to day life at Rovers and things are going well on the pitch for Pat Fenlon’s charges after a 100pc start to the season.

Keith Fahey reckons that his winter move from St Patrick's Athletic to Shamrock Rovers is the best decision he's made in a long time.

The Tallaght man had a strong association with the Saints but was not enamoured by the set-up when he returned from England to Inchicore last season and opted to link up with his local club for 2015.

Fahey says he is happier with day to day life at Rovers and things are going well on the pitch for Pat Fenlon's charges after a 100pc start to the season.

They face a stern test against Cork City tomorrow in a game that should feature an intriguing midfield battle dominated by high-profile performers with international experience, with Fahey and Stephen McPhail on one side and Colin Healy and Liam Miller on the other.

Fahey (32) is comfortable in this Rovers group as Fenlon seeks to revive the club's fortunes.

"It wasn't an enjoyable year, I didn't enjoy my year down there," admitted Fahey when asked about his third stint at St Patrick's Athletic.

"I won the cup and enjoyed that but since I've come here. . . it's probably the best decision I've made in a long time.

"There was a decision to be made at the end of last season and I feel I have made the right one. I'm just happier here, the training, going into training is more enjoyable.

"There is more organisation around things and things seem to be done to a higher spec here.

"It's nothing to do with bigger clubs or smaller clubs," continued Fahey, when pressed to elaborate on his comments.

"I'm enjoying going into training day to day. That's the main thing, coming into training and working with the people I'm working with."

One of those individuals is McPhail, who Fahey first encountered on his debut for Birmingham City against Cardiff.

QUALITY

"I enjoy watching him in training," he said. "He has an extra yard of space on the ball. In training day in day he's quality, the same quality that makes him very hard to play against."

Miller had departed from the Irish scene when Fahey came along but he respects the newcomer's pedigree.

"It's great for the league and it's great for younger players that they have senior professionals that have played at decent levels to learn from if they want," said Fahey before adding that he would love to see Damien Duff pick Rovers when he returns but doesn't have a phone number for his old colleague.

Irish Independent