Thursday 22 March 2018

Aiden McGeady: I feel like a footballer again... I knew I had to get out

Aidan McGeady (SPORTSFILE)
Aidan McGeady (SPORTSFILE)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Aiden McGeady says he forgot 'what it was like to be a footballer' during his lengthy exile at Everton and admitted pressure from Martin O'Neill was a big factor in his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

McGeady feared that his Euro 2016 place would be in jeopardy if he stayed on the sidelines at Everton any longer and is glad to be back around a first-team set-up, albeit at Championship level.

"I've had a very difficult six months, I've not played at all really," said McGeady, whose last outing for his employers came in August.

"We've got the Euros and I have to be playing and playing well to guarantee I make the final squad. He (O'Neill) kept saying I had to get out and play. The manager couldn't really justify picking me if I was still in the same situation I was in.

"I would have been a year without playing if that was still the case. It was something I had to do because that is something I wouldn't want to do anyway, just sitting there training but not playing.

"You're wasting your time really. I know you're still getting paid, of course it's a job, but you want to be playing. I wasn't enjoying it at all, put it that way. I knew I had to get out."

McGeady confirmed that the deal went ahead after Wednesday agreed to pay a contribution towards his wages.

"A few other clubs were willing to do that but I kind of said I wanted to come here," he added.

Meanwhile, Ireland have moved up one place to 30th in the latest round of FIFA rankings, with the outcome of fixtures in Africa responsible for the minor adjustment.

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