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Sunshine break: Rhianne and Ross on holiday

Sunshine break: Rhianne and Ross on holiday

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All smiles: Rhianne and fiance Ross enjoy a night out

All smiles: Rhianne and fiance Ross enjoy a night out

Sunshine break: Rhianne and Ross on holiday

Rhianne Dillon (24) is engaged to Glentoran left-back Ross Redman. She says: I never played football myself, but being an only child my dad was always dragging me out with him to see Glenavon matches, long before I met Ross. I loved it. It was always a good day out, good craic, and because I enjoy watching football, the competitiveness of it all, I always had a good time.

Ross and I met five or six years ago through a friend of a friend. We met in the Belmont Hotel in Banbridge, originally, and got engaged in May 2016. We're getting married next year. When we met, Ross had been playing at Portadown for a long time.

I went to nearly every match after we got together. It was handy.

I lived with my dad in Moira, so the ground wasn't too far away. And Ross and I actually moved to Portadown after that. I made lots of close friends with the other wives and girlfriends during Ross's time at Portadown, which was great. We're all still really close. Ross moved to Glentoran last year and I still get to go to some matches, but probably not as many because it is a bit of drive to Belfast. I do still like to watch and support him when he plays.

With the new season just starting, and pre-season now over, Ross has been training a lot. Two or three nights a week, sometimes to 9 or 10pm, with matches on Saturdays. He's not in the house as much as he has been, obviously, and during training nights, I make the dinner and wait for him to come back home, or we eat separately. It's a bit hard that way but it's just one of those things.

During the season we have to plan ahead a lot more. We can't go away for the weekend, for example, because of the games.

It's not that easy. We can't just get up and go because Ross has those commitments. I work in marketing and Ross works for the IFA, so his life revolves around football.

Ross obviously gets very excited about the new season as it approaches, he gets really into it, and that in turn makes me excited.

He does take it quite seriously. He sticks to his training, never goes out on Friday nights or anything like that.

Hopefully, then, Glentoran will get a few wins and have a better season this year.

But it's good to get back into a routine because when the season does finish, we make the most of it and go out a lot. So now that the season has started, it's back to work but also back to seeing all of the other players and their wives and partners.

It will be really nice to spend more time at the ground this year and get to know Ross's new club."

Belfast Telegraph