Motherwell defender Dan Casey believes his brief spell with US club Sacramento Republic helped him grow as a player and person.
The Irish defender has signed for the USL Championship side in 2021 after spells in his homeland with Bohemians and Cork City.
“In the middle of COVID, I got a phone call late at night telling me there was a team in California that was interested in me,” Casey said.
“At first, it was never something I wanted. I know a lot of people say they want to go abroad, but I was looking for something closer to home, but this opportunity came up. When something like this arises, I don’t do it.” ‘Don’t think you can say no.
“I had to talk to my family, my girlfriend and even my colleagues because I knew I wouldn’t see them for a while. It was a difficult decision, as I care so much about the family. Their support has definitely helped.
“The first year was definitely tough because no one was allowed into the county, it was kind of a test being on your own most of the time, but I think it definitely helped me be stronger as a person in different aspects of my life.
“I hope I become a better person throughout the whole experience.”
Kessie signed a two-year contract with Motherwell over the summer after a short spell at Fir Park last season, and the 25-year-old sees his long-term future at the club.
“The way we finished last season, I left feeling really good and that was something I wanted to start doing and put more effort into because I think we picked up this run a little bit late.
“The team is as strong, if not stronger than last year, so it’s a good place to be at the moment.
“I’m very happy. I know now that I have the stability of having a two-year contract, I can get a place to live – I’m in the process of getting one, so hopefully that will go beyond that very soon – and I’ll be living here for the foreseeable future.”
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