As Ireland embark on yet another friendly in the United States, one Irishman who was based in the MLS has not given up hope on resurrecting his Ireland career.
Following a torrid time with injury, Sean St. Ledger has managed just 27 appearances in just under four years, all of them coming in the MLS with Orlando City and Kevin Doyle’s Colorado Rapids. The former Leicester City centre-half is currently a free agent and told RTE how he was approached by former Sligo Rovers boss Dave Robertson.
“When Dave Robertson was at Sligo, he rang me up about going there but I was literally just starting my rehab programme and it was the wrong timing more than anything. But I’m open to anything really.”
This openness to playing in the League of Ireland could be the perfect fit for the 32-year-old who briefly played under Mick McCarthy at Ipswich. Sligo’s ambition could be matched by one of the other League of Ireland teams with an approach for the English-born centre-back.
St. Ledger won 37 caps for Ireland between 2009 and 2013. Capped as an in form goal scoring centre-half at Preston, he became first choice under Giovanni Trappatoni. St Ledger rarely put a foot wrong for Ireland but injuries took their toll at the start of Martin O’Neill’s reign.
St. Ledger has three international goals, the last coming at Euro 2012 against Croatia – the Republic of Ireland’s only goal at the finals. However, the man who built a strong partnership with Richard Dunne has not given up on international football.
“My dream is to come back here (The Aviva Stadium) and play – or just to be involved in some way. This has probably given me the best moments of my career, without a shadow of a doubt.
“I’d give up everything to be able to walk out in this stadium.”
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena