Forde displaces Westwood as Sammon ready for big leap
“He’s done a lot for me,” he said. “He chased me when I was at Kilmarnock and then at Wigan he came in for me again. I’ve built up a really good relationship with him, he’s very good with the squad. We’re a young bunch. He gives us great advice and encouragement
“It makes it easy when you know a manager has that kind of belief and is quite keen on you. Thats what I was looking for, to play week in week out for a manager that has a lot of belief in me and gives me opportunities. I’m improving as a player and delighted to get the opportunity to play week in week out and hopefully get a chance to play on Wednesday.”
Top cap Andrews named senior international player of the year
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews was last night named as the 3/FAI Senior International Player of the Year for 2012. The 32-year-old made nine appearances for his country over the course of the year, starting seven games including all of the group outings at the European Championships.
James McCarthy beat off competition from Robbie Brady to pick up the young player award but the Hull City player won in the under-21 category.
Senior Player: Keith Andrews (Bolton Wanderers), Young Player: James McCarthy (Wigan), Under-21: Robbie Brady (Hull City), Airtricity League: Jason McGuinness (Shamrock Rovers), Senior Women: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), International Goal: Kevin Doyle (V Kazakhstan), Under-19. Men: Anthony Forde (Wolves); Women: Emma Hansberry (Castlebar Celtic); Under-17. Men: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Women: Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Youths); Under-16: Noe Baba (Fulham); Under-15: James Talbot (Home Farm); Junior: Adrian Walsh (Carrick United); Inter David O’Sullivan (Wayside Celtic); Football for All: Davy Byrne (Irish Homeless World Cup); Schools: Sean Maguire (CBS Kilkenny). Hall of Fame: Kevin Sheedy; International Personality: Zbigniew Boniek.