Troy Parrott sounds more than ready to lead the line for Ireland

Troy Parrott sounds more than ready to lead the line for Ireland

TROY PARROTT is without a doubt one of Ireland's highest rated youngsters, and he might be coming into form at the perfect time.

Ahead of our crucial World Cup qualifiers later this month, Parrott grabbed his first goal in professional football at the weekend.

He has been brilliant at youth level and impressed on his international debut against New Zealand, but getting his first professional goal out of the way should go a long way for his confidence at a crucial time for Irish fans.

He grabbed the winning goal for Ipswich against Plymouth, and promised that more goals will come in his career.

Speaking to his club's website, he said: "I’m delighted to get off the mark with my first professional goal.

"We definitely deserved to win the game as well. If you look at the chances in the first half we could have been two or three up at half-time.

"It’s only natural in a game that when a team is losing they’ll have a spell where they’re on top and push forward but I think we dealt with them well.

"If you look back at the goal you can see my positioning and how I was trying to read where the Plymouth player would play the ball. Thankfully that’s how it went. I had to get the first touch right and then the finish was easy.

"We started really well and the gaffer really wanted us to get after the opposition. We did that and then in the second half we saw it out professionally.

"Like I said I’m really pleased with the goal but most importantly we got the three points. I’m confident there are more goals to come and all I’ll continue to do is try and get into the right positions."

Here's hoping he can grab one for Ireland against Serbia later this month.