After five years in Aberdeen Danny Rogers has just moved to Falkirk, but he’s going to get a real taste of home on Sunday.
The goalkeeper will return to his childhood city of Dublin when Falkirk head out on their pre-season tour in Ireland.
Rogers admits he has grown out of the homesickness pining for a return to the Fair City, but his mum will be pleased!
“She says I don’t get home enough,” the 21-year-old told The Falkirk herald. “I don’t miss it much anymore. There’s not much there for me and my family and friends are over here so often I see them a lot.”
They’ll be regulars at The Falkirk Stadium according to Rogers who signed on a season-long loan last Friday night and moved down on Monday, but they’ll get a look at their boy on their doorstep against Athlone Town and Drogheda United.
“My friends will be watching, I know that.
“I know a few of the guys we’ll be playing against from my schoolboy days too.”
Indeed, Rogers knows the opposition better than he knows his own team-mates.
“I’ve only played against the guys, I didn’t know anyone but they’ve been really welcoming and we’ve been chatting already.”
He did however chat to Joe Shaughnessty who, like Rogers made the trip southon loan last term.
“Joe said it was a welcoming club, with great guys here. He was right.
“When Peter Houston came in for me I couldn’t wait and said yes straight away.
“I played against Falkirk a couple of times last season and what stuck out was the size of the crowds here. The support was good, and the stadium was big for the division too.
“I’m looking forward to the games already.”
The games are important to Rogers who has international aspirations. He’s the first choice under-21 goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland – even though he has an American passport.
The stopper was born in New York – his mum is Irish but his father is American. The family including Danny and two brothers stayed across the pond until he was five when they moved back to Ireland.
“They lived across there for about ten years and that’s where I was born but the plan was always to return to Dublin.
“I do have an American passport though and I was actually close to going on a scholarship in the USA before Aberdeen came in for me.
“It’s still a nice option to have but for the moment I’m focussed on my football career here.
“I got some great experience out on loan at Dumbarton last season and I’m looking for more here at Falkirk before I go back to Pittodrie.
“This is it for me, the last piece, the final bit of experience I’m needing then it’s back to Aberdeen to challenge for the number one position in the first team.”
Falkirk have a good record of international goalkeepers, and Rogers rhymes them off “Tim Krul, Kasper Schmeichel, Michael McGovern – all international goalkeepers who have benefitted from their time playing at Falkirk.
“I hope I can join that list eventually.”
And Rogers is very pleased at one aspect of his move to Falkirk – he’s in the same side as John Baird, so will only face the striker in training.
“He scored a couple against me last season he’s a bit of a goal machine, so it’s good to have him on side this time, rather than playing against him.
“The lads are all good players, we are a strong squad here and I’m delighted to move here.”
Rogers is unlikely to feature in the closed door match with Queen’s Park this weekend.