Heaney moves on after Hoops
Defender Sean Heaney is confident he can deliver at Premier Division level next season despite his exit from Shamrock Rovers.
Heaney (21) is currently training at the PFAI winter camp for out-of-contract players. But having cut his teeth with Rovers and then helped Waterford FC win promotion as Division One winners, he is determined to find a club and test himself in the top flight.
The former youth cap make the breakthrough with Rovers in the 2016 season, with 15 league games, and made a further three appearances last season, before he was sent out on loan to Waterford.
But his contract with the Hoops is up and as Waterford have not kept him on, he's a free agent. "The aim is to stay in the Premier Division, I have played there before and I know I can play there again," says Heaney, a product of St Kevin's Boys.
"You have to aim as a high as you can and I would love to stay and do well for a Premier club and show what I can do.
"I think it will be in Ireland anyway, a few years ago I looked at the USA as an option for a scholarship but I'm at the stage now where I need to try and establish myself here. I just need a manager to take a liking to me.
"I have spoken to a few managers around the league but I wanted to spend a bit of time on this camp with the PFAI and see what my options are, I'm in no rush.
"The training camp is great for players like me, you get to stay fit get good coaching."
Pat Fenlon gave Heaney his debut two seasons ago but he admits that once Stephen Bradley suggested a loan move last season, his time as a Hoop was at an end. "Stephen just said I wasn't in his plans for the immediate future and once they let me go on loan, I knew it wasn't going to happen for me at Rovers," he added.