Seamus: Your Support Got Me Through


Seamus Coleman has thanked supporters of Everton, Ireland and from around the world for helping to “get [him] through” his injury nightmare, while vowing, “I’m a fighter, I’ve had tough journeys before” and insisting he will be back as strong as ever.

The defender returned this week to USM Finch Farm to begin the early stages of rehabilitation after suffering a double leg break while captaining the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin on 25 March.

The affection for the popular 28-year-old was highlighted by the thousands of messages received from around the world to offer support and wish him well in his recovery.

In his first interview since breaking his leg, Coleman told evertontv that backing – including help from Everton and Ireland staff ­- was crucial in getting him through a “tough period”, while serving as a timely reminder of the “great and special Club” he plays for.

“It’s great to be back, nice to see everyone again – it’s like my first day all over again,” said the right-back.

“Obviously, I’d rather be fit and well but I’ve had a good month at home in Ireland to get my head around everything and now I’m ready to get back to work.

“I’m not on social media. It was tempting to go back on to thank everyone but I thought I’d wait to come back here to do the interview and just to say thank you for the support I’ve had from the two management teams, from the doctors, the surgeons and all the fans back home and here.

“Until something like this happens you don’t always realise how fortunate you are to play for this Club, to play for the national team and to have all that support behind me.

“Every little card meant so much to me and my family. All those well-wishes will get me through this tough period because people have gone out of their way to send cards, to send prayers and it definitely gets you through it.

“I always knew this was a great club, a special club. I never wanted this injury to happen but it has reminded me that the Club is amazing, as is the support I had from all the fans.

“I try to get involved as much as I can and help people outside of the game and I think I got that support back 10 times over.

“I couldn’t possibly thank everyone because there’s too many but everyone has played their part so far and it’s my job now to do the rest and get back on that pitch.”

After successful surgery the day after his injury, Coleman spent a month with his family in his hometown of Killybegs.

During that time he was paid a visit by Blues boss Ronald Koeman, skipper Phil Jagielka – who also dedicated his goal at Manchester United to his teammate - and Club staff, while Evertonians made it clear they are fully behind the Irishman with loud renditions of his “Sixty Grand” chant at Goodison and away matches.

“It’s been great to see everyone, people asking me how I am and how I’ve been,” added Coleman, who joined Everton in 2009 for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers and has since gone on to make more than 200 appearances for the Club. “The manager came over to see me with Jags and a couple of staff members. [Republic of Ireland manager] Martin O’Neill came over to see me as well, so the support has been brilliant.

“I can’t emphasise enough the Irish players coming to visit me in hospital for the first few days and then all the messages from the lads back here. Jags’ goal celebration was great, a nice little touch.

“Sitting watching the game with my friends and hearing the fans at Old Trafford singing my song, stuff like that means a lot when you’re in the early stages of rehab and maybe a bit low. All that stuff got me through.

“I’ve heard the song sung plenty of times. It always felt good but it felt that little bit different when you’re sat at home with your leg up and to hear them still singing your name when you’re not on the pitch, it means a lot to me. It’s something that I really do appreciate from the Everton fans.”

Having come into professional football late and battled his way to the Premier League, Coleman is no stranger to taking tough routes to the top.

And with the road to recovery now underway, he is confident his fighting qualities will prove crucial in the coming months.

“I’ve had tough journeys before in the past,” he admits. “It hasn’t been a smooth journey to play for Everton and to captain my country.

“I’m a fighter and there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to this challenge. It’s something to start all over again and fight for.

“I’ve started with very small exercises in the gym. I’ve been doing some walking in the pool and aqua-jogging. It’s just good to be back in and around the Club and feeling like a professional footballer again.

“It was great to be around my family and friends back home but I’ve been itching to get back. It’s small steps but I’m ready to work.

“I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to the challenge ahead because it’s going to be tough but I’ve had tough journeys before and this is just another one.” 




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