Jamie Megarry in conversation with Kieron Evans

Posted : 6th June 2022

At the end of last season, Jamie Megarry of Linfieldfc.com caught up with loanee Kieron Evans for a review of his time at the club. The 20 year-old joined the Blues on loan from his boyhood club, Cardiff City, in January and he was delighted to round off his spell by becoming a league winner.

“This was my first league title success at senior level in Professional football, so it meant a lot. More than anything I was buzzing for the manager, staff and my teammates who worked hard all year and fully deserved the success.”

The attacking midfielder made six appearances for Linfield – four of which came as a substitute – and although he naturally would have hoped for more gametime, he was fully understanding and supportive of manager David Healy who delivered a fourth consecutive Gibson Cup success.

“I didn’t play a lot in the final stretch of the season but that was fully understandable as the gaffer said he wanted experience in the team. The fact we got the title over the line proved he made the right call. He was honest and that’s all you can ask for. David Healy, George McCartney, Ross Oliver and the rest of the staff were all brilliant with me. On the coaching side, George and Ross were fantastic helping me on the training pitch every day.

“I feel like I did play a part. Looking back, the gaffer brought me on in some massive matches in which we were drawing at the time. I did my best and I think the gaffer was pleased with my impact in some of those matches. Ultimately, I came here to gain experience and I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to represent Linfield. To finish it off by winning the league was fantastic.”

Evans, who came through the Cardiff City Youth Academy, has made a handful of appearances for the Bluebirds’ first team but believes this loan spell with Linfield was needed to adjust from U23 to senior football.

“This loan spell has benefited me massively. It has introduced me to mens football which is a lot different to Development football. Particularly, the physicality of the Irish League was a learning curve for me, because what I’ve been used to across the water is mostly just technical and tactical. Mens football and physical players has taught me a lot in my short time with Linfield.

“This was my first time out on loan, my first time leaving Wales, and I won the league, so this club will always hold fond memories for me. I’ve enjoyed my time here, the experience has been great.

“My teammates have been brilliant since I came in. They welcomed me to the club and to Northern Ireland right away. As I said, it was my first time leaving home but they made it easy for me to settle in and they’re a great bunch of people. The same goes for the staff.”

Many thanks to Kieron for his contribution to the club and everyone associated with Linfield FC will wish him every success for whatever the future holds for him.

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