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Saturday 10 December 2016

former Magpie miele is making waves

ALMOST three decades after he turned around his own disappointment at Chelsea to establish a successful career in Ireland, Pat Fenlon is delighted to see some returned emigrants find their feet at Shamrock Rovers.

The Hoops squad of 2015 is packed with experienced pros, but young Irish boys who are back home following spells in the UK like Mikey Drennan (Aston Villa), Gareth McCaffrey (Hibs) and Brandon Miele (Newcastle United) are all making very good progress.

Drennan has scored three goals in his last three league games while it's two goals from two appearances for Miele, who found the net in Monday's EA Sports Cup win over Cabinteely .

Dubliner Miele lived the life of a pro in his time at Newcastle United but he had to find his feet with non-league Bluebell United before Rovers came calling, and Fenlon says it's the attitude of youngsters like him which makes the difference.

"Brandon came back from England and had a spell with Bluebell before he came to us. That gave him time to find his feet and get used to the tempo of what we want.

"His attitude has been first class, he has trained really well, he's had a little run in the team now and he deserves the success he gets," Fenlon told The Herald.

"A lot of young boys find it difficult to get going again when they come home.

"They have been at big clubs with swanky training grounds and brilliant pitches where everything is done for them, and they come home where they have to muck in.

"But the ones who have character show it. The key is being patient, if they think they can come home and walk into a team in the league here they are mistaken.

"Young lads can get knocked back when they come home from England, I know as that happened to me when I came home from Chelsea, but can get your career going as Brandon is doing," added Fenlon.

"Some young lads come back from England and think they can step straight into the League of Ireland but they don't realise it's a tough league. The key is being patient, training well and having the belief in yourself, to take your chance when it comes.

"Brandon didn't have any airs or graces about going to play for Bluebell, and that's not a criticism of Bluebell. He could have come home and assume he'd just play League of Ireland but he gave it a go at Bluebell and they gave him a really good grounding, they gave him an opportunity to go on to another level. He's a good young lad who is only finding his feet but he is making progress," he added.

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