Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Johnston to hit heights with Shamrock Rovers

Barry Johnston admits he's loving life with League of Ireland club Shamrock Rovers.

Only last Sunday, the Belfast man made his debut for Rovers during their hard fought win over Derry City and another three points against Drogheda United tonight would go down nicely.

Johnston has joined the Tallaght out-fit on loan from Cliftonville and he has a chance of winning a piece of silverware with the Dubliners, who currently sit just three points adrift of champions and leaders Bohemians.

“It's hard to believe that I have a chance of winning a League of Ireland championship medal after nearly winning an Irish League one with Cliftonville a few years ago,” said Johnston.

With the new Carling Premiership season only getting underway this weekend, Johnston feels he has the chance to better his career.

“If I go back to Cliftonville after my loan period is up I'll be professional about it, but it's the chance to put myself in the shop window.

“Everyone knows that it's a step up coming to the League of Ireland and every player wants to play at the highest level possible and this is an opportunity for me to prove to myself that I can play at a higher level.”

The 28-year-old feels it's so far so good in regards his move to Dublin.

“Gary Twigg, myself, Tommy Wright and Michael O'Neill travel down together and the travelling isn't that bad, the accommodation is dead-on and I have family down in Tallaght, who will put me up if I ever need it, so that makes things easier.”

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