Graham Burke is adamant that he can satisfy his international ambitions at Shamrock Rovers but it remains to be seen if he will stay long-term with the Dublin club or return to Preston North End to complete his contract there.
Burke is committed to the Deepdale outfit until the summer of 2021 but he is back in his native city for his second stint with the Tallaght-based league leaders and claims that his next chapter is in other people’s hands.
“If Rovers want to keep me I’ll stay. I like it there. I said in numerous interviews how much I like being at Rovers. It’s all down to Rovers.
“I have to perform in order for Rovers to say they want to keep me. Then it all depends on what Preston want to do with me.”
His five goals against Cork City late last month seemed to set the two-time capped Republic of Ireland international up for a productive run but a calf injury picked up that night has sidelined him since and will continue to do so for another week or two.
The ultimate ambition, regardless of who employs him, is to play for Ireland again and he is quick to make the point that he was a Rovers player when he earned his two full caps and became the first League of Ireland player in 30 years to score for the Republic.
“I don’t think I need to be playing at any different level. I’ve done it before playing at Rovers so why can’t I do it again? Jack [Byrne] is playing at Rovers and is playing for Ireland.
“If Mick [McCarthy] thinks that you are able to play he’s going to pick you.
“It’s an ambition of mine to play for Ireland again. I’ve had a taste of it and it’s a burning desire to go and try do it again.”