Adebayo-Rowling keen to make impact for Bromley on return to English game
PUBLISHED: 13:45 18 June 2018
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Defender started career with Peterborough United, but has spent three seasons in Republic of Ireland
Footballers who are released from Football League clubs at a young age are sometimes forced to go elsewhere and learn their trade.
For Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, spending three years in the Republic Ireland has set him up and he is now ready to come back and play in England with Bromley in the National League.
Though it was a tough time for the former Peterborough United youngster, he is determined to succeed and wants to do that with his new club.
“I definitely think I have found my feet as a footballer during my time in Ireland with Sligo Rovers and Cork City,” Adebayo-Rowling said.
“It has been a bumpy ride really, and the last year or so has not really panned out how I wanted it to, but I am now back in England and ready to hit the ground running.
“I just want to push the team to promotion, and try and get far in the FA Cup as well as get some silverware.
“I want to do well for Bromley, start in every game and be an influence on the pitch really.
“I have played in the Football League before, and I would like to do that again but with Bromley.”
For Adebayo-Rowling, the National League will be a new environment to play in, but he believes that it won’t differ too much from what he has been used to.
The former Posh defender moved to Ireland to play his football at Sligo and Cork, before returning to England ahead of the new season.
“I’ve seen the National League when it has been on TV and I have got friends who play football in it, but apart from that it will be a new thing for me, and something that I’m really looking forward to playing in!”
“Obviously I was born here, and I’ve played in England so I don’t think it will be too much of a change for me to get used to.”
For someone of the 21-year-old’s mindset, playing in the National League will be good not only for him, but for the Bromley supporters.
The London-born defender reveals that he loves interacting with the fans and can’t wait to meet those who will be cheering him on at the Ravens.
Adebayo-Rowling believes that it will be similar to the support that he got from the fans when he played for Cork.
“I love interacting with the fans and I will give them my time because it is all part of it,” he said.
“When you are a new player settling in, you sometimes need someone there, and the fans are always helpful.
“It is similar to when I was at Cork. They would message you and see you in the street, and you give them the time of day It will be important to have that at Bromley.”
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