With Waterford United manager Roddy Collins signing three goalkeepers ahead of the new League of Ireland First Division season, there is certainly competition for places in that department with Kevin Burns, Robert Birdsall and Corey Chambers all going through their paces under the eye of Billy Hearne.
Chambers, who is a native of Wicklow, played at underage level for St. Kevin’s Boys and Lucan United before making the move to the Carlisle Grounds where he signed for the Seagulls for the short U-19 season only to be a regular on the bench before his move to the RSC.
The tall netminder got his first chance under his new boss in the first pre-season friendly against Wexford Youths where he replaced Kevin Burns between the sticks and impressed with a number of excellent saves during the course of the half.
Corey is now looking forward to the challenge ahead. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge in my footballing career here in Waterford and looking forward to hopefully getting the chance to play in the senior team.
“After spending last year with Bray Wanderers, it was a real confidence boost for me and playing with their U-19’s as well so I’m hoping that this year that I can work hard enough to get the chance to play at first team level at the RSC. I’m also hoping that I’m up to the challenge and I’m just really excited ahead of the new season.
“I think that having as much experience in the game playing at League of Ireland level helps and I think that the experience that I’ve gotten with the Republic of Ireland set up over the time is sure to set me in good stead which is vital for any young keeper.
“When I come to Waterford and see the likes of Kevin Burns and Robert Birdsall, I know how difficult it will be but we’re all going to have to work hard throughout the season”.