As the Waterford FC players went through their warmup ahead of last Monday week’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash with Dundalk FC at Oriel Park, new on-loan Sam Bone was been put through his paces by club physio Michael O’Sullivan.
Bone, who joined the club until the end of the season from Shamrock Rovers, is currently ruled out with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to be back playing in the next couple of weeks where he’ll be hoping to make an impact.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Malaysia, played most of his professional career to date with English League One outfit Charlton Athletic and after spending three years at the Valley, he moved to Tallaght Stadium, but is now looking forward to turning into a Blue.
Speaking on his move to the club, Sam Bone said, “I heard about interest from Alan Reynolds a while ago. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen because I’m out with my hamstring at the moment.
“I did get a bit worried that the move might not come about, but then he called me up again and just spoke about the squad and facilities and how he wants to play and how he wanted me to fit that structure that he’s trying to play.”
“I was delighted to get the opportunity. I explained to Rennie that I wanted to move on from Rovers as I wasn’t really playing too much and I’m very grateful and thankful for the opportunity now. I’m on the road to getting my hamstring right and I’ll go from there really.
“I’ve played here at the RSC a few times alright, I played in the win for Rovers last season. We’d travelled back from Sweden on the Friday and then played here in Waterford on the Sunday.
“I played a few games at centre-half at the start but then lots of games in midfield. I think I filled in at left back at one stage, right back too, but apart from that it was mostly in midfield. This season, it’s mostly been right back for Rovers when I’ve started and in midfield if I’ve come on in games. I’m just happy to be on the pitch and playing.
“My dad was playing out in Malaysia and Singapore and so I was born over there. I moved back to the UK when I was about five, so I don’t really remember too much about Malaysia. I do have a load of Malaysian people always tweeting me and commenting on my pictures with Malaysian flags, though, which is always interesting, asking me to play for their international team.”
“Since I’ve arrived here at Waterford, they’ve all been legends to me, they’ve been brilliant. Rennie especially has made me feel so welcome, texting me to make sure I’m settling in. I’m staying with Maxim, Karolis and Kevin so it’s been good so far.
“The end of last week it was weird when it kind of hit me that I’d moved but it’s been really good with the lads and being around the club and I’ve settled in so I’m delighted. I’ve learned a lot over the years and always set goals about where I wanted to be at the end of the season.
“It hasn’t always worked out so now I’m just taking each day as it comes, getting the injury cleared up and then go from there. I just want to do the best I can and see what happens come the end of the season.” This is certainly a new chapter for Sam Bone and he is an exciting prospect when he recovers from injury.