Daniel Kearns programme article

Posted : 22nd December 2018

'Look at Linfield' caught up with a happy Daniel Kearns this week and the winger was delighted to be fit again and available for selection after almost two months out through injury.

"I’m delighted to be back. It’s been a frustrating few weeks for me, especially missing some of the big games at home. The Cliftonville and Crusaders games in particular, because they are the games you want to be involved in.

"I’ve felt quite good. I was able to do a bit of fitness work over the last few weeks but I felt the twisting and turning would be the one thing that would really test it. I joined in training last week and did a bit more with Ricky McCann, so I’m good to go and looking forward to the games over Christmas and the new year."

Today Daniel will come up against his former club, Glenavon, where he spent the 2015/16 season. It's a big game and with the huge Boxing Day clash to follow, he feels he's returning at a good time.

"It’s a good time to come back because everybody knows the Christmas period is a busy one. We’ve got a big game at home to Glenavon before the Boxing Day game. I’m really looking forward to these games because it’s been a few years since I’ve played over Christmas. The Boxing Day games always draw big crowds, so it’s one that we’re all looking forward to and it’s obviously a big day out for the fans as well."

The skilful winger arrived at Windsor Park in the summer after leaving Limerick and has enjoyed his time at the club so far.

"I’ve settled in really well so far. There’s a good bunch of boys in the dressing room, so it was easy enough to settle in. It’s a great club to be at. The facilities are excellent and we get looked after well."

Speaking about his objectives for the season, the 27 year-old has his eyes set on silverware.

"I think the league is obviously the big one, we’re in a good position at the minute but there’s still a long way to go. We’re already in the League Cup final, so that’s something to look forward to, but I think the Irish Cup is also a competition that we will want to go far in."

Having played most of his career as a full time professional at clubs such as Peterborough, Rotherham, Chesterfield, and in the South with the likes of Dundalk and Limerick, we got the thoughts of Daniel on the potential of more Irish League clubs switching to a full time set-up in the near future, and he was very much in support of the idea, but acknowledges that it wouldn't be a straightforward transition for any club.

"I think it would be a big step forward, if the clubs were thinking of going full time. I think it would be better for the league overall, but I understand it would be difficult because most of the lads in the league have jobs outside of football, but it would be good to see something happen over the next couple of years maybe.

"I think there’s huge benefits in going full time, it means you're getting more hours on the training pitch. You’re improving more and more and it also gives you more time to work on things like shape and tactics. We have everything in place there to go full time. The stadium obviously speaks for itself and the new training facilities at Midgley are excellent, so it will be interesting to see what develops over the next few years."

Daniel scored the only goal in our 1-0 win away to Glenavon on the opening day of the season and everyone at the club looks forward to seeing him score more big goals for the club in the weeks and months ahead.
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