- Monday January 17th, 2011 @ 15:10
ST PATâ€™S CONFIRM SIGNING OF DANNY NORTH
St Patrick's Athletic have confirmed the signing of Danny North ahead of the 2011 season.
The former Grimbsy Town player has re-signed for the Saints having joined the club for the second half of last season.
The 23 year old striker took time out today to talk with STPATSFC.COM on returning to St Pat's and the Airtricity League:
"I went straight from the English season into the Airtricty league last year so I definitely enjoyed the break and being at home with the family but it was long enough and by the end of it I was just looking forward to getting back.
"I finished last season fairly well and ended up on 7 goals, I know it was a long season for most of the lads already at the club but personally I felt it was coming to an end just I was finding my form.
"Overall it was disappointing to finish the season with nothing, we missed out on European football when we lost to Sligo in our last game though they were probably the best footballing side in the league last year.
"I joined in the mid-season last year and was not too sure what to expect from the league but when you play teams so often you get used to the game here very quickly.
"To be honest in terms of quality I don't think the Airtricty League here gets the credit it deserves.
"Looking ahead to the new season I wouldn't be one for saying I am going to score x number of goals, I am just aiming to start the season well and try to score as many as possible.
"There is a lot more chopping and changing of players here than in the UK but Pete has managed to keep the spine of the team. He has brought a few players in as well and though we're only just back in training and we haven't done much ball work I'd trust Pete to bring in some top quality players.
"It's always sad when you lose team mates. Obviously I shared a house with Vinny (Faherty) and got on great with him and of course Ryan Guy will be a massive loss to the club.
"Ryan was the longest serving player, he always gave everything and was always hugely positive but players leave clubs, that's part of football and you just have to get on with things.
"Growing up in Grimbsy and being the local lad coming through to play for the club meant that everywhere you went people would know you.
"Living in Dublin is something very different for me and I must say I enjoy it.
"I do find people are friendlier here as well. After training yesterday I watched some of the derby matches and I was chatting away to this lad and it was only after an hour of talking to him that I realised he was Colin Farrell's dad!
"We had our first training sessions on Saturday and Sunday where we met some of the new players.
"I think Evan (McMillan) had marked me against UCD and then I remember his brother David coming on and scoring against us. I don't know if he will be our new 'Davy Mc' â€“ it's unfair to compare players but I'm sure he will do very well for us up front, just as long as he doesn't take my place!!"