“It’s A Good Place To Be Around” – Kinsella
Steven Kinsella says Oriel Park is a “good place to be around” as he has eased into life with Champions Dundalk, where he hopes to “show everyone exactly what he can do” in his season-long loan from Everton.
The 18-year-old winger completed his move from the English Premier League club on 31 January and spent his first week with the Lilywhites in their Spain training camp, before returning there with the Republic of Ireland Under-19s last week.
Supporters witnessed the former Templeogue United youngster in a Dundalk shirt for the first time in the friendly win at Longford Town on Tuesday night, where he provided an assist during an eye-catching performance.
And he is aiming to impress further in the weeks and months ahead, starting with the President’s Cup final against Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
I’ve settled in great here. All the lads have been really good with me. It has probably been the easiest team I’ve had to settle into.
“I’m looking first to get into the team, get my place and show everyone exactly what I can do. There are a lot of very good players here and a lot of competition for places – it’s a good place to be around,” Steven told dundalkfc.com on his hopes for the coming campaign.
“Friday will be my first competitive game involved with Dundalk so I’m very much looking forward to it. I’ve settled in great here. All the lads have been really good with me. It has probably been the easiest team I’ve had to settle into.”
Kinsella joined up with Tom Mohan’s Under-19 international squad for an Invitational Tournament in La Manga last week and scored against Norway having played the full game (video below), before coming on for 17 minutes in their win over Portugal two days later.
“It went really well. It was really positive for me to get the games,” Steven said. “Obviously I got a goal for myself as well so it was a very worthwhile trip – it was really good. It’s a very, very proud thing for me to play for my country. It always has been and always will be.”