Coleraine's Carson to move to US

Published Thursday, 09 January 2014
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Stephen Carson is to play his final game on Saturday for Coleraine in the Irish Cup before taking up a coaching role in the USA.

Coleraine's Carson to move to US
Cliftonville's Jaimie McGovern and Coleraine's Stephen Carson and Eoin Bradley. (© Pacemaker)

Carson's second spell with Coleraine will come to an end in the fifth round tie against Cliftonville.

The Ballymoney man will then move to Connecticut, USA after securing a coaching role with the Everton America club.

"I always had a link with the club through a friend and for several years it's been my ambition to work in the US after playing," Carson told UTV.

"After finishing sports science studies last year, it's been a natural progression."

And the 33-year old is excited about the challenge with Everton Connecticut.

"They're youth soccer and I'll coach the older boys group.

"We'll train three times a week on a semi-professional basis.

"I think the standard there is quite good and I'm looking forward to the challenge of coaching football."

Carson said the chance was as much a lifestyle decision as much as a footballing one.

"I felt that I wanted to see the world a little bit and wanted to work in America in some stage and this a great chance not only to do the coaching but see the American way of life."

However, he was keen to thank Danske Bank Premiership side Coleraine and added he will leave with many happy memories.

"I can't thank Coleraine enough - they've been fantastic to me," said Carson.

"They've helped me get my degree.

"It's disappointing when the club aren't doing so well.

"There are good players there though and I think the manager will turn things around.

"I just felt at this stage of my career I had to take this chance and I wish Coleraine all the best for the future."

If Carson features on Saturday against Tommy Breslin's side, it will be his 300th Coleraine appearance. He returned to the club last year after two years with Glentoran.

© UTV News
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Belfast in Belfast wrote (387 days ago):
Good luck in America Stephen. All Glentoran supporters wish you the best. Tmen Website
mark gill in carrick wrote (388 days ago):
a true legend in irish league.. all the best stephen in your new exciting adventure.
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