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Daniel Carr Signs For Shamrock Rovers F.C.

Speaking on signing for the Hoops, Daniel Carr said:

“My agency knows the club and put me forward for a trial and it was successful so it’s nice to finally get it over the line now. I’m very excited. In Portugal [in the Atlantic Cup] I had the mindset to keep going and earn that deal and thankfully I did that. It was against really good opposition, Dalkurd, Hammarby and Norrkoping, highly rated teams in Sweden. So it was good to get a run out and I thought the team did very well out there as well.

I did know about Rovers before, my best mate is from Ireland, he played in the League and I followed it. There’s some very hard working, talented guys here. I’m very impressed. Hopefully I can come in with my attributes and it works well for the team. I’ve heard about the Bohs and Rovers rivalry and it’s going to be fun to play in it. Hopefully I can add my two pence in there and the team can come away victorious. I’m buzzing for it on Friday.

I was young [at Huddersfield and Cambridge], you can use all types of excuses [for not playing] but I’m not really looking for that. That’s football, it’s going to happen. You learn a lot about yourself in any tough situations, hopefully I can use those experiences to steer me forward now. This is a new chapter in my career. Now is the time to move on and look to the future, hopefully score goals and do well for Rovers. As a striker that’s what I’m here to do.”

Stephen Bradley commented on the exciting new signing:

“We were made aware of Dan coming to the end of last season. A friend of mine I used to play with England rang me and said I recommend you have a look at this kid, I think you’ll like him. That’s where it came from, we watched a bit of him online and then got him in with us for most of pre-season. We’ve really liked what he’s brought to the group, both on and off the pitch. I think he’s different to what we have in the attacking part of the field, he brings different attributes and sees the game differently to our other attacking players.

There was never a panic [for another striker], we just needed to get the right one that was something a little different to what we had, from our wingers and other forwards. I thought against Hammarby he was excellent, his hold up play, link up play and clever movement down the side. He has really good feet in tight areas. Physically Dan and Gary Shaw look very similar in terms of size and they both have good pace. But Dan’s unpredictability around the box is something that will catch a lot of people out this year.

He’s one of these players that does the trick around the box that no one expects and those are the ones that are really hard to play against. They’re dangerous because they’re very hard to read. If I don’t know what he’s doing it’s very hard for defenders to know what he’s doing.

He was excellent in Portugal but in terms of ability I probably had made my mind up after the first day I’d seen him. Keeping him with the group and bringing him away was more just about what type of character he was and how he fitted in.

He’s had a few clubs, he went through a spell where he was really good and had a lot of interest from big clubs, a lot of offers. Things didn’t happen and he lost his way a bit but that happens with most footballers. We’ve spoken to enough people and got to know him enough to feel that he’s a good character and here to do things the right way. When you talk to him you get from him that he knows where he let himself down before. It feels like he has a point to prove, he’s really ambitious to show people how good he is. I think Dan will score goals.”

Player Profile: Dan Carr

After being released by the Reading academy in 2012, Dan dropped down to non-league level with Eastbourne Borough and then Dulwich Hamlet, where he scored 25 goals in the season. The London-born striker had a trial with Liverpool before signing for Huddersfield Town. He saw limited game time at Huddersfield, his next club Cambridge or five loan spells in those three years. Dan re-joined Dulwich in 2016 and had a short stint with Leatherhead, scoring 8 goals in 14 appearances under Jimmy Bullard. Dan (24) last played for Karlstad BK in Sweden.