Neil Yadolahi has opted to leave Drogheda United during the summer transfer window in order to pursue options outside of Ireland, where the Dubliner has spent the bulk of his short career to date.
The 22 year old arrived at United Park from Armenian side FC Banants in the off-season but only managed five games for Johnny McDonnell's side before suffering a grade two quad tear which ruled him out for nearly three months. Yadolahi was an unused sub in the 1-1 draw with Derry City in Drogheda on June 12th, but the former Burnley man hasn't played first-team football since March.
Now, Yadolahi has revealed his decision to exercise an option in his contract which allows him to depart Drogheda in the face of concrete interest from abroad. The former Bohemians defender's only regret is that injury curtailed his involvement during his second stint in the League of Ireland, despite his best efforts during rehabilitation – including regular trips to the English FA's St. George's Park facility in Burton for treatment.
“Obviously the injury was unfortunate and it was never part of the plan,” admitted Yadolahi to Extratime.ie. “But part of the plan was always the option to go in the summer window, which was in my agreement from day one. All I have are good things to say about the League of Ireland and it has been frustrating on a personal note, the last couple of months with the injury, it has been very frustrating.”
Continue reading my interview with Neil Yadolahi on Extratime.ie.