The two-time Irish League winner with Linfield plans to step into
Linfield star Ian Young is considering quitting Irish League football
to take up a career in kickboxing.
The 28-year-old admits to being “frustrated”
with the local game after a rib injury forced him out of action
for most of last season.
The two-time Irish League winner with the Blues is planning to step
into the ring later this year after renewing his passion for the
“While I was under contract at Linfield
I wasn’t allowed to train or compete in kickboxing and missed
the sport for almost five years. It was understandable that a club
like Linfield would not permit me to fight but nowadays I am looking
for a new challenge and I may quit the game altogether,” said
the Carrick Rangers player.
“I am still under contract but I feel I am at a crossroads
in football. I don’t feel I am getting anything out of it
Young burst onto the Irish League scene as a budding
17-year-old talent among the legendary Crusaders squad of the mid-90s.
He enjoyed spells playing in New Zealand and Singapore before returning
home to join Linfield.
Young, who is currently being tracked by Bangor, linked up with
the ProKick Gym in east-Belfast to revive his love affair with kickboxing.
“I really missed kickboxing when I was at Linfield,”
“I always intended to go back and now that I considering my
future in football, it’s good to have a new challenge at the
same time. I am the type of person who needs to be competing with
a goal of winning something.
“I still feel I could do a job for one of the top teams in
the Premier League but if no-one comes knocking on my door, it would
be good to have a focus outside the game. Over the next few weeks
I will make a decision. I will be sparring and getting a taste for
fighting and if things go well, I would love the challenge of competing
full-time. I don’t think I would miss football if kickboxing
was providing aims for me.”
Young’s coach, former four-time world champ
Billy Murray, believes the Co Down man has a big future in kickboxing.
“It was easy to see when Ian came to my gym that he had good
coaching in the past. He’s back on the bike, so to speak,
and he hasn’t forgotten how to ride it.
“Ian has always been a winner in football and the drive and
ambition he has will help him on the road to kickboxing success.”
If there are any other kick or boxers who
don't think they are fulfilling their potential for whatever reasons
just call the Prokick hotline on 028 9065 1074 - And if you just
want to learn more about what kickboxing has to offer then drop
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