Robert Garrett programme article

Posted : 1st July 2017

Speaking to ‘Look at Linfield’ prior to tonight’s Champions League first round, first leg qualifier, Robert Garrett could not contain his excitement at returning to his boyhood Club for a second spell, following a three year stint at Portadown.

“I’m very excited to be back at the club. It's a club that I had success at before and hopefully, I can go on to play many more games for the club and win more trophies.”

Garrett will be no stranger to Windsor Park, after playing his part in many League and Cup successes in his first spell at Linfield between 2008 and 2014. The former Portadown midfielder admits he had no doubts about where he was going once David Healy got in touch.

“Linfield’s the biggest and best club in the country, so that in itself will attract anyone. Some of my best days in football were winning things with this great club, so It's a great chance for myself to get back to challenging for things again. After speaking to the manager, the passion and enthusiasm he and his backroom staff had, made it an easy choice in the end.”

29 year-old Garrett, or ‘Ribs’ as he is affectionately known, departed Windsor Park in May 2014. Therefore, he has only played at the new-look Windsor Park on rare occasions with the Ports and he is looking forward to playing here every other week in front of the Linfield faithful.

“The place has changed a good bit from my time here before. A lot of people have come and gone but it will be good to play in the new look Windsor Park most weeks, especially in front of the Blue men and women again.”

Tonight will spell the return to UEFA Champions League action for both Garrett and Linfield for the first time since 2012 and he is excited about testing himself in Europe’s most prestigious Club competition once more.

“I'm very excited to get the chance to be involved in European games again. Every game I've played in has always been a good challenge and everyone expects the same with La Fiorita. It's very important we go in to the game with the right attitude and try to play to the best of our ability, both individually and as a team.”

The central midfielder, who has earned five senior caps for Northern Ireland, finished by revealing his ambitions for the upcoming season, with his first challenge being trying to nail down a starting spot, with competition for places looking very healthy amongst David Healy’s Linfield squad.

“My aims are trying to get a place in the team, first and foremost. Then I want to play as many games as I possibly can and hopefully, my second time around will be a very successful one in terms of winning trophies.”

Linfield supporters will hope that Garrett’s second spell is as successful as his first stint at Windsor Park and will wish the midfielder all the very best for his time ahead with Linfield, starting with tonight’s eagerly-awaited return to competitive action against La Fiorita of San Marino in this evening's Champions League first round, first leg tie.
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