Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke believes that he can fulfill his international ambitions while at the League of Ireland club.
Burke was the star of the show as Rovers hammered Cork City 6-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Friday evening, scoring five goals to continue their fine start to the season.
The 26-year-old striker returned to Rovers for his second spell last July when he joined them on a year-long loan from Preston North End, having moved from Rovers to Deepdale in a three-year deal in June 201.
With two Ireland caps to his name already, Burke is eager to add to them and like team-mate Jack Byrne, he believes that he can force his way into the Ireland reckoning while at Rovers.
"Obviously there's ambitions," he told RTÉ Sport when asked about his international hopes. "If people see me come back to this country they might see it as a step back but for me I want to be at Shamrock Rovers.
"On a personal level I find it comfortable here, my life here is great, I come into work in an environment where everybody knows how I work and a manager that believes in me.
"I knew quite quickly what I wanted when I went back to England and I discovered my best form when I was here before. All I wanted to do is be happy and enjoy the game and I feel this is best situation for me."
Burke believes that last season's FAI Cup final triumph over Dundalk has raised the level of expectation for Rovers, but he's confident that they have the squad strength to deliver.
"It’s a massive club. When you say it’s Shamrock Rovers, people know the club. There always will be that expectation going into a season and to win the cup maybe brings more expectation.
"We got a taste of it last year and we’ve had the time to build a squad. When people come to see us, they see [the squad has] experience, it’s got talent, it’s got pace, it’s got strength, it’s got everything that we need to go on and put a successful season in."