'I am so happy to be back in Ireland' - New St Patrick's Athletic signing Anto Flood

Saints new signing Anto Flood says that he is delighted to be back at Richmond Park and had admitted his joy at the club's European progress
New St Patrick's Athletic signing Anto Flood has said that he is 'so happy' to be playing in Ireland again, after helping the Saints progress in the Europa League.

The former Bohemians striker signed for English League Two side Southend United in January and after playing just one game, opted to rejoin St Patrick's Athletic.

"It was some experience the other night, our fans are amazing and I am so happy to be back in Ireland and back at Pat's," Flood told the Evening Herald.

St Pat's progressed to the Third Qualifying round with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Siroki Brijeg, setting up a tie with German Bundesliga side Hannover 96. However, due to Uefa regulations, the game must be played at Tallaght Stadium, rather than Richmond Park and Flood believes that it is a pity.

"We have Hannover at home in the first leg next week and that should be some night," he said. "It's a pity that it's in Tallaght Stadium and not at Richmond Park as there's a brilliant atmosphere at 'Richer', especially on the European nights."

Flood admits that his spell at Southend 'didn't work out', revealing that it was the club's Chief Executive who signed him, rather than the manager, meaning that there was a bit of friction.

"Southend didn't work out for me," he said. "It was the Chief Executive who signed me and not the manager so my face didn't fit with the manager and I left after a few months.

"Liam Buckley got on to me about coming to Pat's and I knew it was the right thing to do," continued Flood.

"I'm still working on my fitness. I'm really in pre-season mode still but I am happy to play a part for the team, and it's hard to get into the team ahead of Christy Fagan anyway, he's playing so well at the moment. It's great to see the boys from the north inner city doing well,"

"It's a big challenge, playing a Bundesliga team, but I know that every player in that dressing room is looking forward to it. This is what you are in football for," concluded the striker.

St Patrick's Athletic take on Hannover 96 on Thursday August 2 at Tallaght Stadium in the Europa League Third Qualifying round.