Writers flock to praise Sheppard
EXCITING Galway United striker Karl Sheppard (right) has been rewarded for his impressive start to the season by being named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Player of the Month for April.
The 19-year-old is on loan from Everton, where his contract expires in the summer, and he intends to spend the rest of this season with the Tribesmen before considering his options.
His stand-out performance to date was the man-of-the-match showing, which included a brace and a role in the match-winning penalty, in his side's shock 3-2 win over champions Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
While the Portmarnock lad has aspirations of competing on a higher plain, he is very happy to continue his football education in Galway for now, believing the more physical approach employed by some clubs to be the perfect way for him to toughen up.
"I've had a few clubs looking at me but until any offers come in I'm just thinking about doing well for Galway," said Sheppard.
"There were two Championship clubs and one in the SPL but at the moment I'm just trying to concentrate on my football.
"It (League of Ireland football) is very physical compared to reserve-team football in England. It mightn't be as good technically but it is difficult to play in. I have been working hard to hold defenders off, by working on my upper-body strength.
"In the first game of the season I felt I was pushed around too much by St Pat's defenders but I think I've done better since."