Raheem Sterling will only be happy if he’s playing regularly, says Liverpool team-mate Sturridge

first_img Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge 1 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge hopes team-mate Raheem Sterling will remain at the club and believes the 20-year-old will only be happy if he is playing regularly.Sterling has put contract negotiations on hold until the end of the season after reportedly rejecting a new £100,000-a-week offer, although he insists the decision is not motivated by money.The England international has been linked with a host of European heavyweights where he may not be guaranteed first-team football, and Sturridge feels that could be a defining factor when the contract saga concludes.“I don’t know what Raheem wants to do but it is just important to be able to play regularly,” said the Reds’ striker.“As long as he is playing regularly he will be happy – I don’t think it is anything to do with anything other than that and I hope he will stay at the club.”Sturridge has experienced a similar dilemma before, having left Chelsea for Liverpool in January 2013 after being marginalised and deployed as a winger at Stamford Bridge.“It is important to play games and gain experience so whatever decision he [Sterling] makes I am behind him 100 per cent,” said the England strikerSturridge formed a stunning partnership with Luis Suarez last season, scoring 24 league goals in a hugely profitable campaign, but this season has been badly curtailed by an injury that sidelined him for five months.Since his return in January, Sturridge has acknowledged he has struggled to regain his sharpness with just four goals in 15 appearances and has received some criticism for his performances.“It has taken time to get back into the groove. I have missed a lengthy time and gaining sharpness while playing games is not easy in a league like the Premier League – you can’t ease yourself back in because the games are very fast,” he added.“It is the sharpness and fitness side of things. It takes a long time and that is the whole point of having a long pre-season.”“I am looking forward to helping the team this season and towards next season I will be right back to where I was, because I would have had a pre-season I will be back to the sharpness and fitness levels I had before.”last_img read more

Irish Mackerel Quota for 2017 increased by over 10,500 Tonnes

first_imgFine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD said; “I welcome today’s news from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD of the positive outcome for Irish Fishermen at the international fisheries negotiations which concluded today at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, where the new mackerel quota for Irish fishermen for 2017 will be 86,429 tonnes – an increase of over 10,500 tonnes from 2016.”The negotiations, between the European Union, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland were focused on the management of the €1billion annual mackerel fishery in the North East Atlantic.Minister Creed speaking following today’s news, “Mackerel is our most valuable fishery and allied to the fact that we are the second largest EU quota holder these negotiations are of crucial importance to the Irish fishing industry. In that context, I very much welcome the outcome of the international mackerel negotiations today, hosted by Ireland, in which Irish fishermen will now have over 10,500 tonnes more in 2017. This is worth over €10million directly to our catching sector with further value to be added by our mackerel processing factories in Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Cork”. The quotas agreed for 2017 are consistent with the Long term Management Strategy agreed by the parties last year to provide sustainability and stability in this hugely valuable fishery in line with the scientific advice.Minister Joe McHugh TD, “I wish to congratulate all the members involved in the discussions, in particular, Sean O’Donoghue of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, Patrick Murphy of the Irish South & West Fishermen’s Organisation and Francis O’Donnell of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation, all of whom Minister Creed has described as being” very helpful to the Irish negotiating team” throughout the consultation period.“Today’s news will result in further support for the seafood sector, which will see an increase in quotas and stability for the fishing sector in the coming years. This is a very positive deal for our fishing sector, which will see huge benefits in our coastal counties, such as Donegal. “Irish Mackerel Quota for 2017 increased by over 10,500 Tonnes was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more