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New Stow signing Sweeney has rediscovered love for the game

By Sport Bury

NEW SIGNING: Robbie Sweeney (pictured with Tom Parke behind him, left) has joined Stowmarket Town
NEW SIGNING: Robbie Sweeney (pictured with Tom Parke behind him, left) has joined Stowmarket Town

Robbie Sweeney has rediscovered his love for football as he prepares to link up again with the coach who brought him back into the game.

The 21-year-old winger was unveiled as Stowmarket Town’s fifth new summer signing on Sunday, making the switch from their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division rivals Wroxham, where he scored eight goals in 42 appearances last season.

Sweeney, who was formerly on the books at Norwich City and Stevenage, spent half of the 2016-17 campaign away from the pitch, but puts his return last summer down to Tom Parke, the then coach at Wroxham, and now first-team coach at his new club Stow.

“I fell out of love with football,” he said. “I was at Stevenage for two years and was training with the first team, it was an unreal experience.

“I loved being a part of that professional environment, but when I was released from there I didn’t get another club.

“I came back and played for Wroxham, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much.

“‘Toasty’ then brought me back last season, it was him who got me playing again.

“I had stopped playing last year, but I really enjoyed it and to have the chance to play for him again was something that really appealed to me.”

While Sweeney has not given up on being back among the professional ranks one day, the winger is excited by the aspirations of his new club at Greens Meadow heading into next season.

“For me the most important thing is to enjoy what I’m doing,” Sweeney said.

“After speaking to Rick (Andrews, Stow manager) and already knowing some of the boys there, I know I’m coming to a club that has big aspirations.

“They want to go and win the league, they don’t want to settle for the top four or five.

“One of the main things that drew me to the club was the aspirations they have, they want to progress and move higher up the leagues.

“I’m really grateful for all the messages I’ve had from the supporters so far and I’m looking forward to playing for them.”

Sweeney caught the eye of the Stow management in September last year with a man-of-the-match performance that helped Wroxham to a 2-1 win over Andrews’ side, and the Stow boss believes his arrival will provide lots of excitement on the pitch.

“‘Toasty’ got him playing again and when we played Wroxham at their place we found him very difficult to handle. He was very much the difference on the day,” he said.

“He’s got pace, he’s good on the ball, his movement is very good and I think the supporters will enjoy watching him.”

Stow were due to kick-off their pre-season friendlies with a trip to Romford tomorrow, but the fixture has been cancelled.

Andrews’ men have added a visit to AFC Sudbury in their friendly schedule on July 24.

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