Shamrock Rovers’ Paul Corry leads a coaching session in Bluebell Community Centre at the AIG Heroes event on Tuesday. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

AFTER a year-and-a-half sidelined with a potentially career-ending knee injury, Paul Corry is enjoying once again living the life of a professional footballer with Shamrock Rovers.
The 26-year-old Castleknock native made his first competitive start in 19 months earlier this month in the Hoops’ EA Sports Cup tie against Longford Town, completing 75 minutes in a 1-0 win.
The former UCD midfielder left Ireland in 2012 for English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday after securing a degree in commerce under the university’s soccer scholarship program.
And while he went to England, aged 22, mature and prepared for the world that confronted him, little could have prepared him for the injury nightmare that threatened to ruin his dream.
“I was only talking to the manager there the other day and telling him I had two frustrating years at Sheffield Wednesday,” Corry told GazetteSport at the AIG Heroes event in Bluebell last week.
“At the end of my contract at Sheffield Wednesday I was contemplating coming back [to Ireland] and playing.
“When I didn’t, I decided to go to Northampton and I was only getting a taste for it again when I did my knee.
“I’ve not played consistently in the guts of three years. To get that buzz – any sportsperson will tell you it’s when you get out on the pitch that you get that adrenaline buzz from playing.
“When you’re injured you do miss it, so just being able to be out on the pitch and express myself, and have my family and friends to watch me, it’s nice to have it back.”
After being released from his Northampton contract last year, Corry had an offer from Dundalk ahead of their Europa League campaign but turned it down in order to complete his rehab.
“I had a call from Stephen McPhail [Rovers sporting director] asking me did I want to come in and finish my rehabilitation with Shamrock Rovers, use their physios and doctors and train with them at the same time.
“I knew Stephen from playing at Sheffield Wednesday – we were part of the same squad – and I knew Stephen Bradley [Rovers manager] from playing against him and I knew Glen Cronin.
“It just felt right, so I trained with them at the end of last season, sat down with them to see where the club was going and thought it was the right fit for me.
“Although I haven’t been fit for the majority of the season, I’ve seen what they’re doing and what they’re trying to do.
“It just seems to be going in the right direction, so it feels like a justified decision.”

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