Ronan Hale delighted to fulfil a boyhood dream

It’s always been a boyhood dream to become a professional footballer.

Ronan Hale
The First Year Academy Scholar signed his new deal in front of his family who'd flown over from Northern Ireland but he admits it all could have been different.

"It’s always been a boyhood dream to become a professional footballer and today I’ve made it true," said Hale.

"I came from a background where everyone wanted to make it and there’s only a few of us who can actually do it.

"I was at Cliftonville where I was playing week in, week out and all of a sudden I was dropped.

"I thought that was my chance gone, because I didn’t want to give football a chance no more.

"I wanted to pack it in but I got another Club (Crusaders) and now I’m living the dream.

"As soon as I came I felt welcome and everyone was supportive.

"It’s a great Club."

Hale joined Blues last summer and has already made a considerable contribution with 22 goals in 17 games for the Under-18s.

The seventeen-year-old has impressed coaches with his finishing and the striker hopes that his form continues with eight games remaining this season.     

"That’s my main part of my game," added Hale.

"I’m a goalscorer who’s always on the last shoulder and giving the defender a problem every time.

"Especially chasing the ball down and making something out of nothing.

"I was always a goalscorer back home but not as much as I am over here.

"I think I’m at my highest at the moment and I hope to keep this going as scoring goals is what I do.

"I love doing it and hopefully I can make it more."