We spoke to our Ireland international after training about how it felt to represent his country, returning to training with the Chairboys and what pre-season has in store.
Daryl, great to have you back! Hopefully pre-season is going well and congratulations on your international representation. How did it feel to pull on the Ireland shirt?
It’s always unbelievable to play for your country and get called up. I know it was only a couple of friendlies, but any time you get to play for Ireland, it’s unbelievable. No matter what happens, I jump at the chance.
And you got your goal. How did it feel to score for your country?
It’s hard to describe. In a football context, it was the dream to score a goal for my country. Any time is brilliant but one for your country is the one that you dream about in the back garden, kicking a ball around. It was very, very special.
You’re scoring for Ireland, so are you going to be aiming to score more for the Chairboys next season?
Yes, definitely. That was one of my bugbears last season - not enough goals. So, it’ll be something I’ll be looking to improve on.
Now coming back and training with the Chairboys again, what’s the atmosphere like?
Yes, the atmosphere is always good. Obviously, it was disappointing with last season with the lack of moral victory but at the end of it, we got relegated, we weren’t good enough and that’s it. So, that was very disappointing. Towards the end, the boys played really well and if we bring that into this season, there’s no reason why we can’t go straight back up.
We have a few pre-season friendlies coming up. Are you looking forward to any in particular?
I haven’t really thought about it, if I’m honest with you. It’s great to get back in, get the proper training back and get games going and things today which was nice - get that competitive edge again. We’ve got a few games to go - some in-house games will be fun - you just need to get your level of fitness back up, and then every game will be a good one.