Joe Coll was delighted to get the chance to put himself in the shop window having answered an SOS to play in the Fifpro tournament in Norway last week.
The former Manchester United trainee was a late addition to the Irish squad for the Fifpro competition - to help give unemployed footballers an opportunity to find club - after goalkeeper Gabriel Sava withdrew because of an elbow injury.
Manchester United scout Joe Corcoran dug up Coll from his contacts book and both he and PFAI General Secretary Stephen McGuinness made contact with the Meenlaragh native.
Nineteen-year-old Coll, who spent last year at Derry City, is currently in fifth year in PCC Falcarragh and playing for Glenea United.
“It was a bit of a shock to be fair,” Coll said. “I wasn’t too sure what it was but it was no bother.”
Coll left Letterkenny for Dublin airport at 2am last Tuesday morning and flew to Oslo that morning.
Ireland lost 2-1 to Finland on Thursday and then 3-2 on penalties against Sweden after a 0-0 draw but Coll made a string of saves and was voted Irish player of the tournament.
“The players voted for Joe Coll as the Irish player of the tournament and it’s well deserved, he did fantastically well,” McGuinness said.
“It beggars belief how a guy like that could end up back playing local football in Donegal. I’ve no doubt that he’ll get something in the league for the coming season.”
Coll said: “It was nice to get the vote and I really enjoyed the tournament.
“They’re a good bunch to play with but for now, I’ll take it as it comes. I’d like to get the Leaving done but would like to work around it.”