Thursday 21 November 2019

Rejuvenated Jarrett remains committed to Youths ahead of 2020 vision

Rianna Jarrett. Photo: Sportsfile
Rianna Jarrett. Photo: Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Even before Rianna Jarrett confirmed her comfort at international level by scoring in last month's European Championship qualifier against Ukraine, the arguments had begun to rage about whether the 25-year-old had begun to outgrow her domestic surroundings.

After another devastatingly effective, albeit scoreless, display that helped her Wexford Youths side retain their FAI Cup crown, those inevitable questions will swirl once more.

And yet she seems faintly oblivious to their urgent clamour; the medal that hangs proudly around her neck signifies all the contentment she requires. For now, at least.

Twelve months ago, she was not even sure if she could be capable of playing in the 2019 final; she did so but only after emerging from the latest of three horrific ACL injuries.

Understandably, just playing offers her sanctuary; she is committed to staying at Wexford next year but it would be unusual were she not to receive an overseas offer during the winter break.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm a Wexford player going into next season," affirmed Jarrett after a wondrous display in concert with two-goal strike partner and player of the match Lauren Kelly.


"We'll go away and sit down as a squad and we know we need to improve even more. We've seen it in glimpses today.

"I'm looking forward to having those talks with the manager about how we move forward, individually and collectively. We're back in pre-season in January and we'll be in full flow again.

"I feel like I want to get the best out of me. I still think people haven't seen the best of me and there's more to come. That comes down to myself.

"I've gotten fitter and slimmer but the harder work needs to come from myself. We have Greece in a week with the Irish squad so the focus switches again and we need three points there.

"I always like to come through injury-free. I don't like that word but it is a word associated with me. It's just been fantastic for me the last few weeks. I'm still trying to catch up with myself."

Her manager Tom Elmes is phlegmatic when assessing the flight risk after losing Amber Barrett already this season.

"A player like her is going to get attention," said Elmes. "If she does happen to get a move, we will wish her all the best. First and foremost, it has got to be the right move.

"It's astounding to think of what she has achieved already in her career."

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