Former Omonia and APOEL striker Cillian Sheridan has no regrets about signing up with Poland’s Jagiellonia Bialystok last February.
After four years on the island, and as the contract-ending free-agent phase approached, Jagiellonia came in with an offer for the man that was, following a goal for Omonia, instrumental in their Europa League exit last year.
“I remember the first game here, the first 10 to 15 minutes, the pace of the play and the atmosphere, everything felt really good and I remember thinking ‘this suits me a bit better now’,” Sheridan told RTE Sport, speaking from his new home in Bialystok.
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“It has that feeling of those kinds of atmospheres [at Celtic Park] and while you got it at the big games in Cyprus, it is different, as the stadiums there are very open, so you lose a lot of the noise.”
Sheridan was won over by the approach and commitment that Jagiellonia showed, coming in with an offer before the free-transfer shop window.
“I was in the last six months of my contract so I was getting offers to come on a free, but then Jagielloni came in looking for a transfer, so you know that they are a lot more serious.”
Sheridan’s Polish adventure may not gather the exposure afforded to most other Irish footballers playing at a similar professional level closer to home and as yet failed to get the recognition from current Ireland manager Martin O’Neill despite playing at a decent level of European football.
Sheridan however still harbours hope for another international call-up but chooses to maintain a respectful silence on the issue.