Meet the players: Ian Curran

icurranName: Ian Curran

Age: 26

Occupation: Validation Analyst 

Position: Centre back 

Previous Clubs: Glenavon, Donegal Celtic and Loughgall 

Intermediate cup x2
Mid Ulster cup x2
Championship 1 play-off winner
Milk cup elite section runner up 2007
Northern Ireland under 18 Schoolboys – 5 appearances v England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Jersey
Northern Ireland under 19s – 2 appearances v Israel (x2)
Northern Ireland under 20s – 3 appearances in 2007 Milk cup v Turkey, Chile and Israel
Northern Ireland under 21s – 3 appearances in 2008 Algarve tournament v Portugal, Usa and Cape Verde Islands

Footballing Hero: Edgar Davids 

What is the best ground you have played in? Ewood park 

Who is the joker of the team? Most of the lads would probably say me but I would go for Sean McMullan, he always makes me laugh!

Apart from yourself who is the best player on the team? At the minute I would have to say young Josh Durnin. I think he’s an outstanding talent. I haven’t seen a 17 year come into a first team squad and do that well in a long time. I think he has the potential to play at a much higher level.

Who is the laziest player in the team? I am the laziest player at the club. I have to be honest, I’m allergic to training.

Your toughest opponent? Beram Kayal, current Celtic FC midfielder. I played against him three times and he absolutely tortured me on each occasion. He must have thought it was Christmas marking me! He was outstanding, I couldn’t get near him at all. I think he scored 5 goals in the 3 games. I’m still having nightmares about him!

Who is the best player you have ever played with? The best player I’ve ever played with is Jonny Evans. His attitude was unreal – always keen to put the hard work in at training and in the games everything came so natural to him.

If you had a super power what would it be? To be made of steel as it would make a change from being made of glass as I’m always injured!

What are your interests outside of football? I enjoy watching films and playing snooker.

What is your goal at Newry? My aim at Newry is to help the club progress as far up the ladder back to the higher echelons of football in this country where it belongs.


Cover photo courtesy of Brendan Monaghan