Shamrock Rovers today confirmed the signing of exciting winger Joel Coustrain for the 2018 season.
Speaking earlier Joel said:
“I’m extremely happy to be here. It’s been a tough road the last few months, I was out of football after coming back from Raith Rovers. I tried to get as many games as possible under my belt (at junior level) so I would be ready if a team came in for me.
I’m delighted to come back and hopefully hit the ground running. It was good to come in and get a pre-season game and it was a good display from the lads (against Corduff).
Scotland was my first year in first team football. I thought I did well, I got offered a two year contract and I was a bit unlucky with a new manager coming in. He changed up the side and I got sidelined. I said I would go home and try a new start.
It’s a great set up here so I can’t wait to get started. It’s a young, energetic team and there’s a few older lads with experience. I think everyone is raring to go for the league this year.
Not a lot of people know who I am so I’d like to show the fans what I can do. I played left wing for the Ireland Under 19s but then I played a few games for Raith on the right, so I like to come in on my left foot and try and get some goals. I feel like I could make an impact in this team and hopefully win trophies here.”
Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“I saw Joel play for Ireland at Tallaght a few years back and at that time I remember thinking that I liked the way he played. He was direct, he committed people and was really positive. And he’s quick. He’s always been in my mind since and come the end of last season he’s one that I looked back and thought – I’ll see how he’s getting on. I made a few phonecalls on him and spoke to Joel himself around Christmas and invited him in.
What he was like back then (for Ireland) is what he’s been like since he’s been in here. We’re delighted to get him in, he’s exactly what we need and the right fit for us. I don’t think there have been natural wingers here for a long time in terms of wingers that want to get at people, commit defenders and get crosses in the box. I think the fans will like him.
The type of player he is, on this pitch, a winger that commits people and is really positive in his mindset when he gets the ball, I think the fans will respond to that. He wants to prove that he’s a good player, you get that when you speak to him. It’s about him performing here now, bringing the qualities that drew us to him in the first place and impressing everyone.”
Player Profile: Joel Coustrain
Joel began his senior career with Sheffield United where he spent four years at Bramall Lane. He moved to Raith Rovers, making six appearances for the Scottish Championship Club before leaving in March 2017. Since then the winger, who turns 22 next week, had been playing junior football for Ballynanty Rovers in his native Limerick. Joel has represented Ireland at various youth levels and bagged 5 international goals, including a European Under 19s qualifier in Germany two years ago.