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Delaney Pleased With International Recognition & First Team Football

29 March 2018

Ryan Delaney says regular first team football at Dale has helped him on the international stage.

The defender was part of the Republic Of Ireland Under-21s squad for their recent fixtures against Iceland and Azerbaijan.

He played the second-half in their 3-1 friendly victory over Iceland, before making the matchday squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Delaney was delighted to be part of the setup and believes being at Dale has helped to bring him on as a footballer.

“It was a great experience as always,” said Delaney.

“It’s nice to represent your country, and to get back in and play, it’s great for me.

“It’s nice to be back in the fold. I missed the last trip because I was injured, but it’s nice to get called back up.

“I was happy. It was about bringing in what I’ve done here, and what Keith has helped bring to my game. Hopefully I can kick on now again.

“The form of the team here has been good, and everyone that’s helping me has brought me on a lot.

“It’s massive getting first team games. It’s a big thing for me and I just want to keep improving and hopefully kick on again.”

The 21-year-old joined the club from Burton Albion in January, and has made 13 appearances so far.

“I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“The performances have been very good and the main thing for us is to keep going and pick up as many points as we possibly can until the end of the season.”

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