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A 32-Year-Old Sean St. Ledger Is Set To Make Conference Debut On Sunday

A 32-Year-Old Sean St. Ledger Is Set To Make Conference Debut On Sunday
By Arthur James O'Dea

Sean St. Ledger will always hold a special place in the hearts of Irish football fans.

For about 25 minutes in Ireland's opening fixture of Euro 2012 against Croatia, the player then plying his trade with Leicester City in the Championship secured parity after Mario Mandžukić opened the scoring after only 3 minutes.

A goal that offered a brief moment of respite in what was otherwise a horrendous footballing experience for Giovanni Trapattoni's team, it, along with all else that went wrong in Poland, has been largely wiped from the memory.

Since then, St. Ledger flitted around English football before featuring for Orlando City and Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

Playing alongside the likes of Kaka while being romantically linked to Taylor Swift, the last two years have been far from forgettable for St. Ledger.

After suffering a horrendous knee injury, the 32-year-old has revealed to the Telegraph today the extent he has gone to in an effort to salvage a footballing career.

Without a club to fall back on, St. Ledger returned to England and funded his own rehabilitation:

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I just thought: 'I want to play again.'

I want to get back to as high a level as possible. ... Have there been times when I wondered if this is all worth it? One hundred per cent. There have been times when my knee has swollen for no reason and I think it's best that I move on and accept it.

But I've always felt that when things have gone against me I have dug in and been quite dedicated.

Having since signed for the Solihull Moors, St. Ledger will make his conference debut tomorrow.

Plying his trade in English football's fifth tier, many would be forgiven for overlooking the fact that St. Ledger was a Championship winner with Leicester in 2013/14.

With so much time to consider his footballing career up until this point, St. Ledger was not shy about revealing certain regrets in how he had approached his career up until this point:

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There were times I wasn't as professional as I should have been. I took being a footballer for granted.

If I had known [Leicester] were going to win the Premier League I probably wouldn't have messed around as much as I did.

Speaking like a player far beyond his 32 years, St. Ledger's determination may well lead him beyond the level he is about to embark upon.

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With Solihull rock bottom of the conference as things stand, St. Ledger's experience will be vital as they try to make a marked improvement upon the 36 goals they have shipped in 18 games.

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