In a significant homecoming move, Carlow’s own Pádraig Amond has officially signed a two-year deal with Waterford, marking his return to the League of Ireland’s Premier Division after over a decade.
The seasoned striker bid farewell to the league back in 2010, embarking on a remarkable journey through various football landscapes.
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Amond’s footballing odyssey began with a move from Sligo Rovers to the Portuguese side Paços de Ferreira, showcasing his skills on an international stage. Subsequently, he carved out stints with English clubs such as Grimsby Town and Newport County, among others, leaving an indelible mark wherever he went. Particularly in the FA Cup.
The pinnacle of Amond’s career came in 2020 when he received a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s Ireland provisional squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.
In his most recent chapter, Pádraig Amond donned the jersey of Woking, making a notable impact in the 2022/23 season in the Vanerama National League. His stellar performances did not go unnoticed, as he earned the title of the Woking Supporters’ Player of the Season.
Despite his success at Woking, the 35-year-old has decided to take a different path, opting to terminate his contract with Michael Doyle’s National League team. The decision to relocate his young family to Ireland adds a personal dimension to Amond’s return, emphasizing the significance of family and home in his career choices.
As Pádraig Amond prepares to embark on this new chapter with Waterford, fans eagerly await the contributions of the seasoned striker. His wealth of experience is expected to be valuable asset as Waterford seeks to make a strong impact in the Premier Division.
The League of Ireland welcomes back one of its own, as Pádraig Amond takes center stage in this exciting phase of his footballing journey.