Next up in our series is an Irishman who played 48 games for London Irish across two seasons in the Premiership. Eamonn Sheridan signed for London Irish in April 2013 and across his two seasons crossed for four tries.
The 6’4, 17 stone centre, joined the Exiles from Rotherham Titans along with Fergus Mulchrone, and the duo went on to form a formidable centre partnership.
Following his time at London Irish, Eamonn signed for Oyannax in France’s Top 14. Following two seasons there, he signed for Carcassonne in Pro D2 and then Massy last year before hanging up the boots.
We caught up with Eamonn last year just a few days into his new role as Business Development Manager at Wagestream.
“I started with a financial tech start up, I say start up, but we have just completed our series A fundraising which was £50 million investment, so it is a company that is growing fairly rapidly” said Sheridan.
“We are a charity backed financial wellness company, my job as Partnership Manager is about educating people on what the company do and what our ambition is, and so far it has started pretty well for me. I’m over at universities in the UK amongst other verticals and I’m over in Ireland as well which gives me a good chance to get home every now and then.”
Life in the financial world is a far cry from life as a professional rugby player, which is where our topic of discussion leads to. One of the key highlights of Eamonn’s time at the club was the relationships he forged.
“One of the best things was getting to know all the people whilst I was there. Not just the players but supporters and staff, I’m still in contact with a lot of the supporters now.
“It was a very homely club and a close-knit group, not just the players but the whole club in general, it was something that was lacking slightly whilst I was away in France. There wasn’t quite the same culture or the same atmosphere, but that was definitely one of the highlights for me, all the people I got to know there.
“One of my other main memories of a match day was running out to Dropkick Murphys as that was one of my favourite songs, I used to love that.”
One of Sheridan’s key attributes whilst at London Irish was ability to execute the choke tackle, a technique which more often than not saw the Exiles turnover the ball, but when discussing a particular game that stands out, it was Gloucester at the Madejski Stadium on 29 December that springs to mind.
“There was a game against Gloucester at the end of the year, we narrowly lost (19-22) but I scored two tries and was awarded man of the match so that was a proud moment for me at the Madejski.”
Now that Eammon is back in the UK he plans on seeing the Exiles in action as soon as possible to cheer them on as a supporter.