Tuesday 24 April 2018

Zayed set to stay abroad

NEW Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly is set to miss out on replacing ace marksman Gary Twigg with Eamon Zayed.

Zayed appears on the brink of severing his ties with his Iranian club Persepolis and, despite interest from Rovers, admits it's more likely he'll continue his foreign odyssey.

Offers from two MLS clubs, one believed to be Darren O'Dea's Toronto, and outfits in the Gulf nations such as Qatar, currently appeal more to the 29-year-old than a return to Ireland.

Though born in Dublin and the holder of a dozen U-21 caps, Zayed declared for Libya last year through his grandparents and played four times.

His international ascent, coupled with a stunning breakthrough season for Persepolis that included hat-tricks in the Tehran derby and the Asian Champions League, has bolstered his stock in the east. It is for those reasons the forward, who won the league with Drogheda and FAI cup for Sporting Fingal, is set to disappoint Croly.

"I've spoken to one or two clubs here," he revealed. "Gary Twigg leaving means they (Rovers) are looking for a striker and I get on with Trevor (Croly) as well. He's a great coach and I'm delighted that he got the job.

"I played most of my career, over 10 years, in Ireland and won trophies here. I'd have no problem coming back because this is my home and do miss it when away as Iran can be lonely. But I'm leaning towards staying abroad at the moment.

Eamon Zayed was speaking in Dublin at a PFAI event as one of the 42 players to have reached the 100-goal mark in the League of Ireland.

Irish Independent

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