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The former Cork City and Sunderland midfielder has indicated that his parents have been a strong influence on him during the course of his career in football

Hull City midfielder has revealed how the influence of his parents has been a decisive factor in the trajectory of his career as a footballer.

The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international began his career with League of Ireland side Cork City before joining Sunderland in 2008, but he had the opportunity to join Nottingham Forest as a 16-year-old. However, Meyler's parents wanted their son to continue his education in Ireland.

"My parents weren’t too pushed on me going to Nottingham Forest. They were more interested in my education," Meyler told the Irish Examiner.

"I'd go to school every morning from 8.40am and 10am, then I'd go train with Cork City from 10.30am until 1pm, then back to school until 6pm.

"I used to do that three or four times a week. My Dad reckons that if I'd have gone to England at 16 I would have been one of those players that came back a few years later."

And the Tigers midfielder said that the influence of his father, John Meyler, who is himself a prominent figure in the sports of Gaelic football and hurling in Ireland, has been 'a great driving force' in the course of his career thus far.

He said: "After every day at school [my father] would have me outside practicing. If I wanted to be the best, I had to practice. That stuff rubs off and you set high standards for yourself. He's been a fantastic help and a great driving force.

"He rings me before I go to bed and says ‘Maybe you could do this or that better, I like what you did there’. He’s not only a father, he’s a close friend.

"He’s a teacher and I’ve grown up to be like him. No matter where the game is on I'll leave one ticket for him and I know he’ll be there," concluded the midfielder.

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