Ran­dolph named in Ire­land squad

Bray People - - SPORT -

DAR­REN RAN­DOLPH could be in line for his Repub­lic of Ire­land se­nior de­but af­ter be­ing in­cluded in Gio­vanni Tra­p­at­toni's 29-man squad for the clashes against Mace­do­nia and Uruguay.

Bray man Ran­dolph has been in sen­sa­tional form be­tween the posts for SPL side Mother­well this sea­son and those per­for­mances have been re­warded with a place along­side fel­low goal­keep­ers Keiren West­wood and fel­low un­capped shot-stop­per David Forde in Trap's squad.

Ran­dolph is in his first sea­son at Mother­well, hav­ing made the switch north from Charlton Ath­letic in the sum­mer and he is de­lighted to be in­volved in the in­ter­na­tional set-up once more.

'It has been a while since my last in­volve­ment in In­ter­na­tional foot­ball so the call to­day has been very pleas­ing in­deed,' said Ran­dolph, speak­ing ex­clu­sively to moth­er­wellfc.co.uk.

'Some peo­ple ques­tioned my move to Scot­land but so far things have ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. Mother­well is a su­perb club to play for with a proven track record of de­vel­op­ing play­ers.

‘When I chose to leave Charlton, I have to be hon­est and say that get­ting a call-up to the full Ire­land squad wasn't in my im­me­di­ate thoughts.

'I wanted to get out and play reg­u­larly as a num­ber one; a fresh chal­lenge re­ally.

‘I felt that com­ing to Mother­well was the right move for me and, so far at least, it's been a dream.

'I pre­fer to be a guy who looks for­ward rather than sitting back and ad­mir­ing what has gone on.

‘Things have been great so far but we can still push on and end the sea­son with even greater highs. For me per­son­ally, and the team, we still have goals to achieve and that is my aim.

'But, it is a great feel­ing to see your name in­cluded in the full in­ter­na­tional squad.

‘I've played at ev­ery level from school­boy up to “B” In­ter­na­tional and this was some­thing that I've al­ways dreamed about.'

The Repub­lic of Ire­land are due to face Mace­do­nia in a Euro 2012 qual­i­fier on Satur­day, March 26, be­fore lock­ing horns with Luis Suarez, Diego For­lan and the rest of the Uruguay side in a friendly on Wed­nes­day, March 29.

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