Saturday 19 January 2019

Coleman's taking nothing for granted after Everton return

Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman

Seamus Coleman says he won't take his place in the Everton side for granted after battling his way back to fitness.

Coleman received a rapturous reception when he played for the Toffees in Wednesday's win over Leicester City, his first appearance in 10 months. He managed to play the full 90 minutes and is keen to play again in tomorrow's clash with Arsenal but he knows he may have to bide his time.

"I want to play against Arsenal, of course, but nowadays with sport science and things like that it's a lot more analytical," he said.

"Back in the day, you would be thrown back in and left to keep going. But we have a good team here behind the scenes who know what they are doing. I am just happy to be back out there.

"When the manager needs me, I'll be ready.

"It felt brilliant to be out there. I am delighted to be back and to put the jersey on again. I'm so grateful for the reception that I got but I had a job to do and I wanted to make sure I played well.

"The support I have had from day one from both Everton and Ireland fans is something I will always remember.

"The manager said at half-time to give them a nod when I started to fatigue, but I just told him there was no way I was going to get tired. He told me to use my head and be sensible but I'd been waiting 10 months so there was no chance I was going to tire - although I did blow up a little bit at the end!"

p Fulham hope that their new signing, Ireland defender Cyrus Christie, can help the London side get back into the Premier League. Christie moved to Craven Cottage in a €4million deal just before the transfer window closed, after a brief and unhappy spell at Middlesbrough.

"He is a fantastic young player who brings both an international pedigree and a wealth of Championship experience with him. I can't wait for him to join us and help the squad continue to push for promotion," said chairman Tony Khan.

p Mick McCarthy believes that his latest recruit from the League of Ireland, former Limerick FC man Barry Cotter, has the potential to progress, having completed a €70,000 move on transfer deadline day.

"Barry Cotter is the type of player we look at. He came and trained for two days and I instantly liked him. He's very quick and athletic so it was a no-brainer. He's not ready for the first team but he has a chance of being there soon," said McCarthy.

p Dundalk have added another import to their squad with the loan signing of Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján.

The 25-year-old had a five-year spell at Liverpool and joined Italian third-tier side Novara in 2014 and was on loan to a club in Albania before his move to Oriel Park where he joins Lithuanian international Karolis Chvedukas in the squad.

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