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Séamus Coleman wants to be a winner.

Séamus Coleman wants to be a winner.

Séamus Coleman wants to be a winner.

Seamus Coleman admits he will feel as if he has failed if he ends his Everton career without getting his hands on some silverware.

Ireland captain Coleman has been a role model for all Irish youngsters over the last decade, as he has made the increasingly challenging leap from football in this country and on to the Premier League stage.

Now, as he prepares to start pre-season training under his latest manager, Rafael Benitez, Coleman has conceded his career will not be complete unless he achieves his ambition of winning a major cup competition with Everton.

Coleman will make his 300th Premier League appearance if he lines out for the Toffees in their Premier League opener against Southampton next month, and while that milestone highlights his success, the 32-year-old Everton captain admits he wants more.

“If I get to the end of my career and I haven’t won a trophy, yeah, I will feel like I’ve not achieved what I wanted to,” he said, speaking at a SPAR event.

“When I first went to Everton, I wanted to break into the first team and I had little goals along the way, but, then, when you get into the team and you really fall for the club and understand what the club means, you want that.

“You see the videos and the images of Everton players lifting trophies in the 1980s and you realise how big the football club is.

Regret

“When people sign for Everton, they don’t realise how big the football club is and how successful it was, and if I get to the end of my career with that football club and I haven’t won anything, I will look back on it with regret.

“I don’t want to come home after playing five or six good games, come home to my nice house and think everything is rosy. I want to win something as a footballer and now that I’m getting to the latter stages of my career, that’s what drives me on.”

The arrival of Benitez has divided many Everton fans, with the former Liverpool manager facing a big challenge to win over a large section of the Goodison Park faithful unhappy with his appointment as successor to the departed Carlo Ancelotti.

Yet Coleman suggests trophy success will banish any reservations about Benitez, as he suggested an FA Cup win will be cherished more than a push to qualify for the Champions League.

“The top four is important in football now and all the big clubs are pushing for that, but when you have been at a club for so long, you want that little bit of success to remember. For me, that would be an FA Cup,” he continued.

“I’m sure fans are sick of hearing me talking about winning trophies, but you need to have ambition in life, and my ambition is to win, ideally, an FA Cup with Everton Football Club before I stop playing.

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“I don’t want to be remembered as an Everton player who has played 300 or 400 games for the clubs and everyone says it’s a great achievement, well done.

Confidence

“I want to win a trophy at the club, and I will keep trying to do that until I’ve kicked my last ball at the club.

“Playing at this level for so long is a success to a point, but I want to win something. You always want that little bit more, and this manager’s track record winning stuff gives everyone confidence that it is possible for us to go on and win a trophy.

“That’s got to be our aim for the club.

“It’s hard to win a trophy when you have got Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool in opposition, and only so many teams can win, but Leicester won the FA Cup last season.

“You look at that with a bit of envy and think, ‘that could be us’.”

He’s hoping that will be the case anyhow as he prepares for the 2021-22 campaign.

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Seamus Coleman is a SPAR ambassador

Seamus Coleman is a SPAR ambassador

Seamus Coleman is a SPAR ambassador

SPAR Better Choices ambassador has Séamus Coleman launched their summer 2021 campaign. The aim of the initiative is to bring healthier food and refreshment options into Irish homes, gardens and parks for all the family to enjoy this summer. SPAR’s has also created a specially curated online hub at www.spar.ie/betterchoices/

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