Jack Byrne is concerned only with ending Shamrock Rovers' long wait for FAI Cup glory as he nears the conclusion of his first season back in Irish football.

The 23-year-old served his apprenticeship with Manchester City before his English dream turned sour with unhappy spells at Wigan, Oldham and Kilmarnock.

Now he is looking ahead to a second trip to Lansdowne Road in two months after making an impressive Republic of Ireland debut at home to Bulgaria in September.

The Dubliner is keen to end the season with silverware as they face treble-chasing Dundalk at Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon as he seeks to repay the "good people around me and supporting me".

"They offered me a platform to show people in this country what I can do," he told RTÉ Sport ahead of the showpiece finale to the season.

"I was happy to be back on the pitch and happy to have good people around me and supporting me. I am trying to repay them as much as I can by good performances and just see where that takes me but I am not thinking any further than Shamrock Rovers and trying to do well for the club."

Having come through City's renowned academy and played with Cambuur in the Eredivisie before spells with Blackburn and other British clubs, Byrne has enjoyed his first season in the Airtricity League.

"Over here is a lot more physical, it is like the lower leagues in England," he says. "The standard over here is very high. You can see the likes of Bohs, the young players they are bringing through, Dundalk obviously doing really well. Ourselves doing well in Europe. The standard is very high and there are good players around the leagues."

Byrne was a star turn off the bench in the 3-1 win over Bulgaria and the playmaker is looking forward to returning to the national stadium with Rovers.

"It will be a different kind of feeling going out there with my team-mates. We have worked really hard for this moment all year, to share the experience with them on the day is something I am sure I won't forget. Like the first time I played there."