Everton and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has opened up on his battle with homesickness following his move to Everton from Sligo Rovers ten years ago.
Coleman has been an integral part of the Toffees’ side for the past number of years and is currently the eighth longest serving one club player in the Premier League having made the move to Goodison Park in January 2009.
The 30-year-old however, who recently captained Ireland to two victories in their opening Euro 2020 qualifiers, explained that he had a difficult time settling in at his new club.
Speaking to Dominic King of the Daily Mail, Coleman outlined that he found moving away from his family very tough as he opened up on his battle with homesickness.
“I don’t know what made me get through it,’ he says. ‘I think it’s either in you or it isn’t. It’s a steely determination, the will. I remember (Sligo Rovers manager) Paul Cook telling me on a Thursday afternoon, they had an offer for me and I was going over to Everton for a medical the next day.
‘Instead of being elated I was like… oh (Coleman’s shoulders slump). This was what I had wanted, of course it was, but I was moving away from my family, from my girlfriend Rachel, who is now my wife. I’d never even been away from home. Then all of a sudden you are in this big city.
‘I dropped my bags in my hotel room and just climbed into bed. This wasn’t, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I’ve just signed for Everton!” This was “Oh my God… I’m away from home, I’m away from everyone”. I never said it to anyone. I kept it away from everyone, I just tried to do my best.
‘I wasn’t depressed, I was just homesick. I didn’t want to mix with anyone outside of training. Of course I mixed with them while I was at the training ground but I didn’t want to do anything else. I just came over here for the football. That was it.’
Coleman has been in and out of the Everton side this season and has failed to find a level of consistency following a leg break in 2017 while playing against Wales for Ireland.
The right-back, however, was keen to dispel the rumours that his inability to find a high level of form this season isn’t purely down to his injury.
“The thing I struggle with now is when I have a bad game,’ he explains. ‘I’ve had more bad games than I would like this season but if I play badly, it’s always down to the leg break. Believe me, I had plenty of bad games before the leg break. I just haven’t played well.’