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Monday 26 August 2019

Welcome home, Kevin!

ELAINE FURLONG

WEXFORD'S international footballer Kevin Doyle was given a rapturous welcome in Adamstown last Tuesday when he paid a visit to the club where his career started.

Following Euro 2012, Kevin was back in Co. Wexford last week taking time out before heading back to Wolves at the weekend.

Some 60 underage members of Adamstown AFC and young up-and-coming GAA players gathered in great anticipation of his visit at the community centre last Tuesday night. The Wolves striker enjoyed a 40minute question-and-answer

session with the young soccer enthusiasts where he was grilled with a variety of questions ranging from what sort of car he drives to who is his toughest opponent.

Afterwards each child got a signed autograph and picture taken with one of Wexford's most famous sons.

During his hour-and-a-half-long visit Kevin was presented with a skilfully handcrafted soccer ball by Willie Ryan from Gameball.ie. This wooden sports ball trophy was inscribed with all the clubs Kevin has played with: Adamstown AFC, Wexford Youths, St Patrick's Athletic, Cork City, Reading and Wolves.

Kevin has always kept in touch with his roots. As a young chap he excelled as a Gaelic footballer with Adamstown GAA Club and with Good Counsel in New Ross. He played with Adamstown until he was 17 and won a division three title when he was aged 16.

At an early age, Kevin displayed a talent which set him apart and would eventually get him noticed. He played with Mick Wallace's Wexford Youths team before moving to his first professional club, St Patrick's Athletic, in 2001 at the age of 17.

It wasn't long before he made his League of Ireland debut. When manager Pat Dolan left to run Cork City, he took Kevin with him. At the age of 21, he was signed to Reading FC and he has been a senior Irish international player since 2005. In June 2009, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £6.5m.

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