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Daryl Kavanagh, the Most Valuable Player at the FIFPro Winter Tournament 2011, will make his European debut this week for St Patrick’s Athletic when the Dublin team travel to Iceland for their UEFA Europa League game against IBV Vestmannaeyjar. 

 

Kavanagh has been instrumental in St Pat’s league campaign this season as the Inchicore men top the Airtricity League premier division, the highest level in Ireland. He joined the league leaders at the start of the campaign following his appearances for the PFAI Ireland team at the FIFPro Tournament in Norway last January. 

 

Released by Waterford United towards the end of the 2010 campaign Kavanagh found himself without a club and he thought he had no future in football. News of the PFAI training camp and the possibility of playing at the FIFPro Tournament filtered through to Kavanagh and he jumped at the chance to showcase his skills. 

 

The player readily admits to having a difficult past both on and off the pitch but he saw the FIFPro Tournament his as an opportunity to rebuild his career. 

 

In Norway, Kavanagh played against Finland and Sweden and his impressive displays earned him the Most Valuable Player accolade. Upon his return to Ireland he was signed by St Patrick’s Athletic and he has made 18 league appearances and recorded six goals so far this campaign and he’s looking forward to making his debut in European competition. 

 

St Pat’s enter the Europa League at the first qualifying round stage on Thursday June 30th and they welcome IBV Vestmannaeyjar to Inchicore, South Dublin, in a week’s time for the second leg encounter. 

 

 widthMore good news for Kavanagh this week saw the forward named in the Airtricity League squad for the Endemol Tournament which takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. 

 

The Airtricity League selection will play Manchester City on Saturday 30 July and take on Celtic on Sunday 31 July. 

 

Daryl Kavanagh has proven that it is possible that when you knuckle down and work hard, and with dedication and determination a career can be turned around.

 

Last season Kavanagh was struggling to ply his trade in the second tier of Irish football, this week he will grace the European stage.