Sport: Football

How did you become involved in your sport?

My Granda and uncle had always got me out practicing in the garden from a young age.

What is it you love about your sport?

The competitive and social aspect as well as the chance to make a living out of it.

What are your earliest sporting memories?

I remember going to my first Ballinamallard training session when I was around 6 or so.

Who was, or is your biggest influence?

I would say my uncle or my Granda advise me the most in football.

Who do you look up to in your chosen sport?

I’m a big fan of Trent Alexander-Arnold and how he plays.

Could you give us an example of what your typical week involves?

School mostly and then I am with NI at regular training sessions in Belfast or elsewhere , two training sessions with Ballinamallard Reserves and first team and a match Friday/ Saturday. And any spare moments I spend with my family and friends.

What do you think is the key to being successful in your sport?

Dedication and the right mindset are the two most important things I’d say. Loving what you do and being decent at it help.

What have been your biggest successes to date?

My debut for N. Ireland U17s and U18s were a great achievement for me so far.

And hopefully depending on how coronavirus affects us, I’ll win my first title with Ballinamallard which would be unreal.

What are your goals for the future?

To be a regular in the first team, keep doing what I am doing week in and week out and then hopefully become a professional after that.

What bit of advice would you give to anybody starting out in your sport?

Work harder than the teammates around you, and enjoy yourself.