Catching Up: Carl McHugh
On Monday evening, Oriel Park hosted many new faces as the Ireland U-21’s were defeated by their Portuguese counterparts by 2 goals to 1 in Baltic weather. However, there was a young man who will be familiar to Dundalk fans and that is Carl McHugh. Now at Bradford City, he came on as a half-time substitute and played at left-back. After the match he spoke to dundalkfc.com and he began by talking about the game and felt the Irish could have gotten a draw.
“It was good to play. Every time you get to represent your country it is fantastic. It was a good little game. I was happy to get 45 minutes and I think I did well. It was difficult conditions and we could have nicked a draw at the end but it wasn’t to be. It was a good work out though and we’re happy with how it went.”
McHugh has been highly impressive playing for Bradford City in League Two in England, making it all the way to Wembley in the Capital One Cup final, and he aims to be in many more squads with this meeting being his second.
“This is my second squad now. It’s an honour to represent my country, more than I could ever have dreamed of so I am just happy to be here and able to play. I just want to keep doing well with the club to get into these squads all the time and get as many minutes as possible on the pitch. I like these caps!
The Donegal native, who is now a regular with the Bantams, admitted he couldn’t be happier with how things are going and said he hopes to sign a new contract in the coming weeks.
“It has been great. It was slow at the start getting into the team but I have managed to get in there and I have played quite well. I’m enjoying it too which always helps. I have played a lot of games, a lot of big games in the Cup and the manager has been really good to me and gave me the chance so hopefully I can kick on between now and the end of the season.
“I haven’t signed a contract for next year so hopefully we’ll get something sorted for next year, I like where I am and it is a good place to be so I’d love to stay on.”
The former Reading youth, who spent the second half of the 2011 season as a Lilywhite, looks back on his time at the club with some fondness before admitting he checks for the club’s results each week!
“I had a great time at Dundalk and I always tell anyone that if they ask me. I really enjoyed my time here. It was a great experience for me, it’s a great club and I always keep an eye out on the results every weekend.”
“It’s good to see that they have started the season well. They didn’t have a great year last year so it was great to see them pull through and hopefully this year the lads can push on and have a good year.”
The 20 year-old departed the club in November 2011, like much of that season’s squad, added that he still keeps in regular contact with some of his old team mates and is hoping that the club can have a good season in 2013.
“It doesn’t feel like 18 months ago, to be honest. Every minute here I enjoyed and the squad were great. I still keep in contact with a few of the boys, Facebook and Twitter have made that a lot easier so it’s good to keep up to date with them. It’s good to see a few of them back again – Peter (Cherrie) is still here and Wardy (Keith Ward) is here too so hopefully them and the rest of the lads can have a good season.”