By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)
Cork City have added to their already impressive forward line, which already includes Christina Dring, Eadaoin Lyons, Lauren Egbuloniu and Saoirse Noonan, with the addition of Nadine Seward to the Senior ranks, following a 13-goal haul for the clubs under 17 side.
Seward 17, has come through the academy system at the club, having joined them initially from Waterford side Clashmore Ramblers U14 team. She was also a member of the Waterford Gaynor Cup team.
The hugely talented youngster has impressed Senior manager Ronán Collins and his management team with her performances throughout the season. Collins says that her phenomenal work-rate, alongside her undoubted talent could see her go far in the game, “We’re delighted to promote Nadine to the Senior squad. She’s been in the club three years since joining the academy. Her work rate and dedication in that time has been excellent. She has great drive to better herself and is a real example to others. She has shown her eye for goal throughout the season for the U17’s, scoring 13 goals. She’s good in the tackle area and has good physical traits, and can play any number of positions. But it’s her hunger to work and be better that sets her apart.”
“I am delighted to sign with the seniors, its a great step forward from 17’s. I’m very thankful to have been given this opportunity, I’ve been working so hard, so I’m delighted to see it all paying off. I look forward to the new challenges ahead and I’m more determined than ever.”
Nadine, as Collins said, can play in many positions but her preferred option is as striker or as a number 10. This season she has focused on scoring more goals, something she achieved handsomely, “I definitely had a mindset this year to score goals. I put in a lot of work before and after training, and practicing shooting was one of the main things I worked on, so I am delighted to see it all paying off.”
Seward has nothing but praise for the coaches at the club, all who have helped on her journey to the Senior side, “The coaches at Cork City have been amazing. I wouldn’t be the player I am today if it wasn’t for them. They have stayed after training to help me practice, when I wanted to do extra, and they’ve been nothing but supportive of me since the minute I stepped into the club.”
She’s very proud to have made the step up to the Senior ranks, “ Yes, I’m very proud. I’ve worked so hard, on and off of the pitch, in and outside of training, so it’s great to see it all paying off. It was something I certainly had in mind at the start of the season. It was one of my main goals I had for this season.”
“It’s definitely a big step up from the U17’s and I know it definitely will be a big challenge. But I’ve worked too hard to just give up when something gets tough. I will be ready for whatever challenges come and I’m definitely very excited for it.”
You can tell by talking to her that she has big ambitions and a huge desire, along with a fantastic work-ethic, to succeed. One of those ambitions is to play for Ireland. She says, “My dream is to play soccer professionally, and to get to a World Cup with Ireland. I know it’s a big dream, but I am willing to put in as much work is needed, and extra, to get there.”
As with many footballers, Seward is thankful to family who’ve supported her along the way, “There’s been many people in football I’ve looked up to growing up, like Ronaldo, Messi, Alex Morgan, Marta, but the main people I’ve looked up to have been my older cousins. They were the ones who got me into sport when I was younger, and I always remember wanting to be just like them when I grew up. They have always been there for me and always asking me how I got on if I had a match or a trial. So definitely my family has been a big influence on my career.”
Seward will now link up with the squad for the first round of the SÓ Hotels FAI Cup on Sunday, as Cork City face a trip to Wilton United.
Picture Credits: Cork City FC, M Lee Media