Ireland midfielder Jordan McEneff swaps Arsenal hopes for chance to play closer to home | Irish Sport

Jordan McEneff has swapped the prospect of playing on the billiard table at the Emirates alongside his team-mates Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for the bumpy pitch at Tolka Park, for now at least. “It’s not a carpet by any means but you can play football on it,” McEneff remarks matter-of-factly, back at his home in Portmarnock after a morning training with Shelbourne nearby. “If the ball bobbles over your foot, just get on with it.”

And therein lies a tale about the 21-year-old Arsenal loanee from Derry, who as a teenager was a prodigy and is still regarded highly at the north London club and by the Republic of Ireland. When Arsenal decided that it was time for McEneff to play men’s football

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