Tuesday 16 January 2018

Garvan looks for fresh start after misery of final UK days

Garvan played over 300 league games in England. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Garvan played over 300 league games in England. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Owen Garvan starts a new chapter in his career at Richmond Park tonight after admitting that he considers his 14 years in England to be a 'failure'.

The 29-year-old has signed for St Patrick's Athletic and will play in their friendly with Hearts with a view to building up his fitness.

Garvan played over 300 league games in England, primarily with Ipswich and Crystal Palace, although his last club there was Colchester who he parted company with in April.

He played Championship football as a teenager and was named in Giovanni Trapattoni's first provisional squad in 2007 but failed to win a cap and never got a real Premier League chance.

"The family would say, 'You've had a great career in England' but I see it a bit as a failure to be honest," says Garvan.

Achieved "I think I should have achieved more than what I did. Hopefully I can achieve things in Ireland.

"Football is a tough industry. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and along the way, it hasn't really went as well as I hoped.

"I ended up here because I wasn't really enjoying my football in England to be honest. I used to always love playing on Saturday at 3.0 but I was sort of dreading it towards the end. I decided to come home and when I met Liam (Buckley) I decided to sign."

Garvan turned down Bray - a wise move - and will team up tonight with fellow new signing Killian Brennan as the Drogheda native kicks off a second stint with the Saints after leaving his home-town club. Pat Cregg has left Inchicore for Scotland and Buckley still has room in his budget for more new faces.

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