Danny Mandroiu and Darragh Burns will be at the perfect level to thrive and push on after securing moves to English League One clubs according to ex-UCD, Shamrock Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Paul Corry.
Shamrock Rovers confirmed attacking midfielder Mandroiu's transfer to Lincoln City last week, while Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad member Burns has moved from St Patrick's Athletic to MK Dons for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast, Corry shared his view on what Mandroiu's transfer means for both player and his now former club.
"Shamrock Rovers' hands were tied with regards to that clause that they had in the contract. They had to let him go," he said.
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"It does leave a bit of a void but I think if there was one position within the Shamrock Rovers team that they were maybe a little top-heavy in, it was definitely that 10, central midfielder position.They seem to have an abundance of talent that can slot in there.
"For Danny, nobody will ever question his talent. He's got quite a unique style of play where he's able to travel with the ball very quickly. He's got goals in his game and creativity."
Talent aside, the mental side of adapting to England's third tier will be a challenge for Mandroiu and others to overcome.
"It is about knuckling down and hanging in there when things are tough," he said.
"I've played in League One. The league might have changed slightly but it's extremely physical. There are 46 games a year, not including the cup competitions. But it's difficult, it really is."
But the progressive clubs Mandroiu and Burns have joined in the shape of Lincoln and MK Dons offer a good home for both players to thrive.
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"I think your first move over is very important and I think Darragh Burns and Danny Mandroiu have got what I call good landing grounds where you can get in and afford to make a couple of mistakes but still actually be in contention of playing within a first team, whereas you might not get that sort of an allowance in a Championship team," said Corry, who cited his own experience after joining Sheffield Wednesday from UCD in 2012.
"I think both Burns and Mandroiu will be successful in those moves. I think they've just found good clubs where the ethos is about getting the ball down and playing an expansive game. I think that lends itself well to both of those individuals.
"Fingers crossed, they've both got the talent, it's about knuckling down now. It is a tough league and there are going to be times when they're out of the side but it's just about being mentally strong and fingers crossed it goes well for them."
Corry added that former St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United defender Luke McNally's trajectory can serve as inspiration having just signed for Burnley after making a positive impression at another progressive League One club in the shape of Oxford United.
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