GUY INKS ST. PAT'S EXTENSION
GARETH MAHER - Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Ryan Guy has signed a one-year extension to his contract with St. Patrick's Athletic after deciding to stay in the League of Ireland for a while longer.
Guy had been flirting with a move away from Ireland during the off-season after he went on trial in England with a team from Coca-Cola League One, while also perking the interest of clubs in Sweden and Germany.
However, work permit issues ruined his chances of finding a new club in a different league, so he returned to pre-season training with St. Pat's as he was still under contract with the Dublin-based team.
The University of San Diego graduate re-negoiated his contract with The Saints as his wage from last year was too high for their current budget, but they did offer him a one-year extension that he agreed to straight away.
"The security of two years will definitely help me with my own performance. This year I hope to take on more responsibility, we have a lot of young players coming through and though I'm pretty young myself, I have been at the club for a number of seasons now so I feel can offer more leadership on the [field]," Guy recently told YA.
"We're just back from a training weekend in Wexford and I'm very excited with the new players in the squad – they're young and motivated and I see us with a real chance of winning a trophy this year.
"Winning a trophy is not only a team goal but would be a personal goal for me as a [player].
"We had two practice matches over the weekend and I think we've some really good goal-scorers in the team, so even if I am not up front but playing out wide if I can get crosses into the box or if I can cut inside and go myself or create an assist or two it's all about creating goal chances as we have the players to put those chances away.
"My focus was always on Pat's and as the season got closer I was getting more excited with the team Pete [Mahon] and John [Gill] are putting together. I've taken a big liking to the Pat's fans and hopefully that is the other way round as well," concluded Guy.