OMAGH man Robbie McDaid said the fact his father once played for Glentoran had no bearing on his decision to join the East Belfast club.
John McDaid played for the Glens in the early eighties and on Tuesday his 20-year-old son carried on a family tradition by becoming Gary Haveron’s latest signing.
After putting pen to paper on a one-year contract with the option of a one-year extension, McDaid said it was his decison to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Obviously my dad advised me on what he thought but this was my own decision,” he said.
“After talking to Gary (Haveron), the move to Glentoran was too good to turn down.
“I had to take it, had to get it done. Glentoran are a big club and I came to the decision that joining them this was the best option for me.
“The Irish League is now getting a lot of exposure and that certainly influenced things.
“I have missed a few weeks training and now all I want to do it get down to working hard. Gary has assured me there will be plenty of opportunity.”
It is believed a number of Premiership clubs had been chasing McDaid’s signature and Glens boss Haveron was delighted to secure the services of the Northern Ireland U21 international, who joined Leeds United from Glenavon in 2014.
He has also had spells at Lincoln City, Chorley Town and York City.
“I’m delighted to get the deal done for Robbie,” said Haveron.
“As a player and a person he is very much in keeping with what we want to do at the club. He’s a young, energetic and talented striker who is looking to prove himself.
“There was a real, obvious desire to play for Glentoran and his enthusiasm and confidence in his ability shone through.
“Robbie is coming back from full time football and having trained with us recently I think he got a good feel for the boys and us of him. We all feel this is a great fit for both parties.”
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Posted: 2:02 pm August 18, 2017