Derby County striker Conor Sammon has revealed his happiness at having earned a call up to the Ireland squad after he was named in Giovanni Trapattoni's 27-man panel to face Poland on February 6.
Trapattoni included Sammon in his squad for the first time after watching him in action for his club, Derby County. Speaking at the squad announcement, the Italian tactician praised the former UCD and Derry City striker's ability, noting that he had the potential to add something to the Irish squad and Sammon was pleased with the recognition.
"That's really nice to hear," he told reporters. "I'm very excited to be linking up with the squad and meeting the boys. I'm looking forward to training and, with the massive games in the qualifying campaign coming up, I'd love to be part of that."
He added: "I was aware that the manager had been to watch the games against Brighton and Nottingham Forest, but I believed he was there to watch Jeff Hendrick, who did well for the Ireland under-21s. But I am glad to have caught the eye and to get the chance to link up and impress the manager."
And the 26-year-old forward, who has had spells at Kilmarnock and Wigan Athletic, believes that he can add something new to the squad, which already boasts a wealth of striking options.
"I feel I can do a job and there are great target men in the Irish squad like Jon Walters, so I'd like to think I can add something to the team," said Sammon.
The Republic of Ireland will face Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday February 6.