Exeter City winger Joel Randall says he is focused on helping his club winning promotion from League Two this season, but admits January links with a move to Celtic were like something from a dream.
Randall has been in impressive form for Exeter so far this season, scoring six goals and providing four assists in 22 league appearances, helping the club into contention for promotion to League One.
That had led to plenty of speculation on Randall’s future in the January transfer window, with Celtic and Championship promotion chasers Swansea both credited with an interest in the 21-year-old, while Charlton reportedly had two bids rejected for the winger.
Now however, it seems as though Randall never had any great intention to leave Exeter last month, despite his excitement over that interest from Celtic.
Speaking to Devon Live about that interest that emerged in January, Randall said: “I didn’t take much notice of it, the agent kept me in touch with a few things and I was aware there was some interest, but at the end of the day I was fully committed to Exeter.
“I said to them I want to be successful this season and I was just keeping my head down, working hard to play every Saturday and Tuesday for them, so it didn’t really bother me too much.
“Of course, seeing the Celtic shout was dream stuff really, to see that interest, but I’ve got a job to do with Exeter so I can’t let it distract me. It was all Exeter for me.”
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As things stand, there are 18 months remaining on Randall’s current contract at Exeter, securing his future with the Grecians until the end of next season.
Exeter currently sit seventh in the League Two table, two points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
This looks like a really sensible attitude being shown by Randall here.
The chance to move to a club the size of Celtic and compete for trophies and in Europe will surely be appealing for any young player such as Randall.
However, the winger has shown a great deal of loyalty to Exeter here, and that can only be a boost for them in their pursuit of promotion, considering the quality he has shown so far this season.
Indeed, that commitment to his current club is certainly impressive, and you imagine that is something that will appeal to other clubs when they consider a possible move for Randall at some point in the future, as will surely be the case.