It may not have quite been playing for his country at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium or lining up in the Championship at the likes of Deepdale, the Riverside Stadium or the King Power Stadium for that matter. But striding out on a Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of under 1,500 last weekend meant the world to recent Guiseley signing Sean St Ledger, writes Leon Wobschall of the YEP.
His marquee name was the latest addition to the Lions’ National League survival fight after linking up with the club following a brief spell at relegation rivals Solihull Moors earlier this season. Given the injury adversity which he has gone through in the past few years, with his American footballing adventure with Orlando City and Colorado Rapids turning into a nightmare due to a career-threatening knee injury, many in the shoes of St Ledger, 33, would have thrown in the towel.
But ex-Republic of Ireland defender St Ledger, who holds the honour of being the only player for the Republic to score in Euro 2012, is made of sterner stuff. And while last weekend’s start against Wrexham – his first at Nethermoor – was tinged with disappointment at a 2-0 reverse, it was still another significant step in his road back to plying his trade regularly on the football pitch again.
Capped 37 times by the Republic, St Ledger told the YEP: “Being a footballer is the best job in the world. It is not as if you work a day in your life.
“It is great to be able to kick a ball around and when Saturday comes around, have that buzz and feeling. You look at how many fans that Wrexham brought last weekend and the atmosphere they created with the Guiseley fans.
“You still get that buzz and feeling of having to win football games with something on it. There is no better feeling.
“You can lose the passion. But I spent two years out injured and you appreciate being a footballer more.
“If I could have had the time I had at Leicester back, I would have done things a lot differently than what I did. It is great to get games under my belt now and to get two competitive matches on the bounce is a real bonus.”
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