Amoo up for new challenge

Date published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 3:36

The former Liverpool winger has signed a one-year deal at Firhill after being released by Carlisle United at the end of last season.

Amoo made just one appearance for the Liverpool first team and has had spells with clubs in England’s League 1 and 2 since leaving Anfield.

He had the chance to stay at that level but claims the prospect of taking on some of the most famous clubs in the UK was too good to turn down.

He said: “I played in League 1 and League 2. They’re very good leagues but I wanted to try something different.”

“I had some options to stay in League 1 but I’ve played there before I want the chance to play against big teams like Aberdeen, Celtic and Hearts. I just want to pit my wits against them. They are the highest standard of this league so I am looking forward to that.”

The 24 year-old joined the youth ranks at Liverpool in 2007 and had loan spells at MK Dons, Hull City and Bury before his contract expired in July 2012.

He then played three consecutive years in England’s third tier with Preston North End, Tranmere Rovers and Carlisle United.

‘Persuasive’

And it was not only a change of scenery that lured Amoo to the Scottish Premiership, he claims Thistle boss Alan Archibald was key in convincing him to move north.

“He was very persuasive; he really wanted me up here,” said Amoo. “The manager was very enthusiastic about the opportunity up here and it’s a different opportunity.

“I think when a manager really wants you at a club it’s a vote of confidence and makes you want to go, so I’m happy to be here.”

Amoo will bring some pace to the Thistle attack and even more vitally, and he is keen to continue his knack of scoring goals from midfield.

He said: “I’m a winger, either right or left. I like running at players, taking them on, getting crosses in the box and getting a few goals when I can.“

The lower leagues in England are known for their fierce competitiveness from top to bottom, and Amoo thinks Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s triumph in the Scottish Cup last year shows Scottish Premiership will be just as tough.

“Inverness won the cup last year and it’s a competitive league. Anyone can beat anyone so it’s an opportunity to try your best and see where you end up. This is a good young team and I’m sure if we work hard, concentrate we can play with the very best of the teams in the league.”

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