Limerick FC are delighted to announce the signing of New Zealand international winger Henry Cameron, who says the decision to come to Ireland was an easy one as he prepares to link up with Neil McDonald again.
Watch Henry’s interview with LFCTV, below.
The two-times capped 20-year-old arrived on Shannonside earlier this week and has penned a deal until the end of the 2018 season. Cameron will wear squad number 31 and the club are hopeful that his registration will be cleared in time for Friday’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trip to Galway United.
Cameron – who celebrated his birthday just last Wednesday – spent ten years at Blackpool and made his debut in the English Championship at the age of 17.
An injury sustained on international duty in November 2015 – at a time he was working under McDonald at The Seasiders – affected his progress. But now back fighting fit, he is hoping to catch the eye once again.
“I can’t wait to get started now,” Henry told LimerickFC.ie, before explaining how the move came about. “I was at the Under-20 World Cup and the gaffer called me; he asked me if I wanted to come over and, to be fair, it was a yes straight away because I wanted to work with him again.
“He was brilliant. Personally, he was really good for me because he knew how to manage me and he got the best out of me.”
Asked what supporters can expect to see from him and his hopes at Limerick, Henry added: “I think I bring a lot of pace to the team, direct play, crosses into the box and obviously hopefully a lot of goals. Hopefully, I’ll get a lot of game-time, put good performances in and help the team to finish as high as we can.”
Listen to manager Neil McDonald’s thoughts, below.
McDonald is hoping for the same from Cameron, who impressed the boss in the first part of the 2015/16 League One season before the anterior cruciate ligament injury sidelined him.
The boss said: “I expect him to play well, I expect him to take people on and put the ball in the box. He’s a winger that can play both sides, which is excellent. He has two great feet.
“He’s a New Zealand full international. He’s just come back from the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. We’re looking forward to working with him again. I had him at Blackpool when I was there. He played the majority of the games before he got injured. I really enjoyed working with him and it will be the same this time at Limerick.
“I hope that he adds to the squad and improves the squad. That’s why I’ve brought him here. There is no point in bringing anyone just to make up the squad. He will have to fight for his place after our good win Friday night against Drogheda.
“It has added competition for places but he’s a player that I like, he’s a player that will hopefully impress everybody, and deliver the goods.”
Profile: Cameron (DOB: 28 June 1997) is a Lancashire-born winger, who can play on either side. He worked his way up through the ranks at Blackpool where he signed a professional contract in January 2015, making his senior debut later that month when starting a Championship win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
A regular at Blackpool, Cameron suffered a season-ending injury when making his international debut for New Zealand in a 1-0 friendly win over Oman in Seeb on 13 November 2015. He won his second cap in a 1-1 friendly draw with the United States in Washington last October.
Last January, Cameron joined National League North club Telford United on a short loan deal before ending his long association with Blackpool at the end of the season.
An audio clip with Henry is also available, below (with some guest questions!).
Date: Sunday 2 July 2017