Rover Edgar makes his return home to follow in his family’s footsteps

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney welcomes Mark Edgar to the Showgrounds. Mark follows his father David and grandfather Jim in signing for the Bannsiders.
Coleraine manager Oran Kearney welcomes Mark Edgar to the Showgrounds. Mark follows his father David and grandfather Jim in signing for the Bannsiders.

Mark Edgar will have no problem settling in at Coleraine Showgrounds following his move from English side Blackburn Rovers.

The Bannsiders new recruit grew up supporting his hometown club.

And he is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who both wore the famous blue and white stripes.

“Yeah it’s nice to be the third generation to play for Coleraine after my dad and my grandad,” Mark told Times Sport after putting pen to paper on his two-and-a-half-year contract on Friday.

“I would like to say a big thank you to my mum and dad for guiding me along the righ path.

“They have kept my feet firmly on the ground.

“My dad just told me if I was happy then he was happy.”

And the teenager certainly looked happy as he posed for pictures in his new shirt following the win over Ballinamallard on New Year’s Day.

It had been a frustrating last few months for him.

Edgar was offered his first professional contract with the Ewood Park club at the end of last season. But after two years in England things didn’t pan out as he would have liked.

He made the decision to come back home to get regular football again and he certainly looks hungry.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started, I haven’t played football in about a month and a bit now,” he said.

“I was with Blackburn Rovers for three years. It was a good experience, but a tough challenge.

“I thought I had done really well, I had a few injuries throughout the last year, but I coped well with it.

“This is now a new challenge for me, I’m focusing on starting my Irish League career with Coleraine and seeing what happens.

“I’ve been a Coleraine fan all my life, and I always try and keep up to date with what’s been happening and watch the highlights when I was in England.

“It is a good standard and it’s a tough league, as I say I looking forward to it.”

Edgar knows time is on his side with regards to getting the chance to play across the water again.

He did though admit seeing the likes of Eunan O’Kane make his way in the game after a spell with the Bannsiders played a big part in his decision.

“I have had that experience and it’s something I would love to do again,” he said.

“All I’m focusing on now though is playing for Coleraine and doing my best for them. If the opportunity arises for me after that then fantastic.

“It’s one of the reasons why I came here because I knew I would get a chance to play.

“The boss has shown his faith in the young players and they have repaid him. The team is doing really well this season and deserve to be sitting high up the table.

“I know quite a few of the guys here already and I’ve been training with the squad for a couple of weeks now, they’ve made me feel really welcome and I’ve settled in no problem at all.”

Edgar will wear the number 23 shirt at Coleraine and could be in line for his debut on Saturday if his international clearance come through in time.