Cunningham looking to go west
- 31 May 2010 10:40
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Greg Cunningham has his sights set on the United States this summer.
Whilst not ruling out the possibility of going out on loan next season, the newly capped Republic of Ireland international is aiming to give Roberto Mancini a metaphorical dig in the ribs.
Having impressed on his debut for his country in the 3-0 win over Algeria at the end of last week, the Blues young left back has now fixed his ambition on making it onto the plane for City’s extensive pre-season tour and then into the manager’s thinking for next term.
“I’m just going to chill out at home with my family for a week then go on holiday and then start thinking about pre-season training,” said the 19-year-old after the euphoria of his debut.
“I’d love to be part of the pre-season tour to America. I’ve been out there before with the Academy a couple of years ago when we took part in a tournament and I really enjoyed it out there.
It will be a good chance to catch the manager’s eye and great experience
...Greg on the tour to the USA
Cunningham who shot to prominence when he made his City bow in the FA Cup in the New Year admits that his rise up the ladder and the attendant attention has taken him a bit by surprise.
“This season has completely exceeded all my expectations in all honesty,” he confessed.
“I began this year just wanting to cement my place in the reserves first and foremost, so to be involved with the senior squad regularly, make three first-team appearances during in the last few months, win the Manchester Senior Cup and then win my first cap for Ireland is all a bit unbelievable, really.
“Now I want to build on all those positives and come back sharp and ready to show the manager that I deserve to stay in his plans.
“As for the game last Friday, I’ve got my first Ireland shirt signed and I’m going to get it framed. I think my parents have got plans to hang it up in the house.”