Callum Robson has become the latest Irish player to join the exodus to the continent and play on a professional basis as he prepares to team up with his big brother Michael at German club Crefelder HTC, writes John Flack.
The 21-year-old moves from Annadale and will also be playing alongside two other Irish internationals in former Lisnagarvey players Paul Gleghorne and Matthew Nelson in the new season.
Robson says he is looking forward to the move although his loss is another setback for Annadale, who are on the look out for a new coach after the departure of Ireland striker Peter Caruth to Dublin side Corinthian.
The former Sullivan Upper student said: “I am really excited about playing for Crefelder next season.”
“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to get better as a player and I went over to see the club last month and the facilities and coaches there seem ideal for me to improve.
“I loved playing for Annadale and I am very grateful for everything that they have done for me but I feel that this is too good an opportunity to turn down.”
Callum is also looking forward to playing alongside his brother at the German Bundesliga outfit.
He added: “It’s been a while since I have played with Michael so it will be interesting.”
“I have learnt a lot from him in the past so it will be good to chance to develop even more.”
He made his Under 21 swansong at the Europeans in the Czech Republic where Ireland missed out on promotion but had some consolation in picking up the bronze medals.
He said: “Again, I loved playing for the Under 21s. It’s always good fun playing with your own age group and everyone in the team got on really well.
“It was a bit disappointing getting beaten by Scotland in the semi-final. We had been playing well up until that match and it was very disappointing that we didn’t perform.
“However Scotland were very deserved winners. On a positive note, we showed good character to bounce back and beat Turkey the next day.”