Following the news of his recent return to Macclesfield Town, we caught up with defender Fiacre Kelleher to get his thoughts on the move. We began by asking him how it feels to get the deal over the line.
“Yeah, I’m delighted. Being here last season it feels a bit like home, so it’s nice to come back.”
Kelleher played a vital role in Macc’s survival push last year, becoming an increasingly influential figure as the season progressed. We asked whether the memories created were a factor in his decision to return to the Moss Rose.
“Yeah, massively. Definitely towards the end of last season. I get on really well with everybody here - the fans, the players - and it just felt right, so I’m delighted to be back.
“I definitely came on from the start of the season. I ended playing a lot of games, and with that comes a lot more experience. I definitely improved and hopefully this year I can kick on and help Macc, and hopefully we don’t have to have that fight again - we can kick on up the table a bit.”
After his loan move from Oxford United last campaign, Fiacre signs permanently for The Silkmen on a one-year contract, a deal he always hoped would happen.
“My contract ended with Oxford last season, so I went back home to Ireland and from there I was a free agent. It was just about getting the deal done - it’s taken a bit of time but I’m delighted to be back now.
“I was hoping Macc would come in for me but sometimes things like that don’t always happen. Once I heard they were interested I was delighted.”
Establishing himself as a firm fan favourite on and off the pitch, the Irishman believes the Macc Town faithful can continue to play their part and he’s optimistic of avoiding a relegation scrap this time around.
“[The fans] have always played a massive role here and hopefully this year we don’t have to give them too much of a heart attack! We can just really kick on I hope.
“We did really well to stay in the league last year. The season’s not started yet so of course we can be optimistic - that’s a good way to be. I’m sure when I go to training all the lads will be ready and raring to go and we’ll give it our best again.”