Dundalk star Jordan Flores admits all the attention shown to his superb strike against Shamrock Rovers last Friday night has been an odd but gratifying experience.
The 24-year-old Wigan native's velocious volley, which brought the champions level in Tallaght on the night, has been viewed over six million times on the RTÉ Sport Twitter and Facebook accounts, been tipped for the FIFA Puskas award for the year's best goal and praised around the world on the likes of Match of the Day.
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"It's been a bit surreal really, seeing the clips on different pages, on Twitter all over the world," Flores told 2fm's Game On.
"These are things I’ve been watching when I was growing up and to be shown on something like that is good. It's good to get that recognition."
Remarkably, given how he manged to get his foot above his head and hammer the ball towards goal, Flores underwent hip surgery last year, which cut his debut season with the Lilywhites short.
"It was just in the moment, the way the ball comes at you, locking the ball onto your foot and trying to get the best connection that you can," he recalled of the goal.
"Thankfully that happened and it went in. It's instinct more than anything.
"Halfway through last season I had an injury and I had an operation on my hip flexor. I'll be able to tell the surgeon my operation was a success!"
"It's been a difficult few years, especially last year at Dundalk. I was slow to get going and I got hindered by injury. But I’m back where I want to be and looking forward to the season ahead."
Despite Flores' effort, Dundalk lost a cracking game 3-2, thanks to another excellent goal from Rovers' Jack Byrne.
The English man is delighted at the attention his goal has brought to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, which he believes deserves to be treated with more respect.
"I know we were on the wrong end of the result but it was a good game and a good game to be televised.
"For the league to get recognition is a huge thing because I think it deserves more recognition than it does get. There are quality players and teams in the league."