Bastien Hery programme article

Posted : 14th September 2019

‘Look at Linfield’ has been catching up with popular summer signing Bastien Hery. The French midfielder says playing in Europe was a big attraction for him when he made the move from Waterford in July.

“I joined Linfield because I’d heard good things about the club. I’d been speaking to people like Pat Fenlon and I knew Linfield wanted me for a while but thankfully things happened quickly and I made my debut against Rosenborg. I came to Ireland originally to play European football and Linfield has fulfilled that ambition for me this season. It’s great to be a part of such a successful team. They won the league last year and I want to help them do it again this season.”

The French midfielder, who came through the PSG academy, said belief was key as he and his teammates went on an unprecedented run to the Europa League fourth round play-off, only to be denied a place in the group stage on away goals against Qarabag.

“Whenever I step out onto the pitch I go out with the view that we’re going to win. That said, we didn’t take any of those European wins for granted as we knew we were up against some top teams. We had great belief as a team and we believed until the end. After the game out in Baku we were just out on the pitch for 5-10 minutes after the match and we couldn’t believe it. I have no regrets because we gave 100%. The Qarabag game at Windsor was some feeling, it was unbelievable. When Shayne Lavery scored that third goal I was just thinking, ‘wow, what a goal!”

The former Rochdale, Carlisle United, Accrington Stanley, Limerick and Waterford man, who hails from just outside Paris, said The Blues have put the European run behind them now and full focus is on the defence of the league title this season.

“It’s been hard to play in the league so far because we’d been playing in Europe at the same time. Last week’s game away to Cliftonville felt like my first proper league game because I could put my full energy and focus into it without thinking about Europe. It was intense and the atmosphere was really good. It was great to get a win. We spoke about going out of Europe and acknowledged that if we want to put it right we need to qualify again and you can only do that with a good league season.

“The lads have spoke about the rivalry in the dressing room and I am looking forward to it. Wherever I’ve played, a derby game has always given the most atmosphere and it should be a good occasion.“

The skilful 27 year-old finished by stating how well he’s settled in, and reveals that his ambition for his time ahead at Windsor Park is to win silverware.

“It’s great to feel so welcome and I’m looking forward to showing the fans more of what I’m capable of the pitch. I have settled in well so far, The rest of the lads have taken me under their wings, especially Matthew Clarke. Rohan Ferguson and I are new to Belfast and he’s been great at showing us around. We call him ‘the plug’ because he’s got all the links.

“My ambition is to win trophies here. It’s great to be part of a successful team, that’s why you play football, to win. We got the season off to a great start with our run in Europe and now we have to continue that form domestically. I think we can carry the experience into our league games now. We have a great dressing room here with lots of experience which is important.”

Best wishes to Bastien for this afternoon’s derby and for what will hopefully be a successful Linfield career ahead at Windsor Park.

Jamie Megarry
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