Question time: Caolan Lavery chats to Dom Howson

Owls striker Caolan Lavery.
Owls striker Caolan Lavery.
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Caolan Lavery, aged 21, plays for Sheffield Wednesday. He is a Northern Ireland Under-21 international but was brought up in Canada.

What is a typical day for you?

We have to be at the training ground by 10am. We usually get in before then and the lads have breakfast together and then training starts at 10.30am. After lunch, some of the lads use the gym or go home to chill out.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My mum and dad. They’ve done a lot for me over the years. They worked hard to get me over to England and play football. They spent a lot of money on me travelling back and forth between Canada, Ireland and England. I want to do as well as I can and hopefully repay them one day for everything they have done for me.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Even though I support Manchester United, I looked up to Michael Owen. He was brilliant. I loved watching him. He was everything I wanted to be as a striker.

What’s your other favourite sport?

Ice hockey. Having spent most of my time growing up in Canada, it is a big sport over there. A lot of my mates play it. Growing up, I would always be at an ice rink playing with them. If I wasn’t doing that, I would be playing football. The team I support, unfortunately, are the Edmonton Oilers! In the last couple of years, we have been struggling near the bottom of the table so we are hoping for a turnaround over the next couple of years.

When was the last time you cried?

When I was 13 and I broke my collarbone. I damaged it playing football. I went for a diving header and I landed badly on my shoulder. It took two months to recover from it.

Who or what are you most proud of?

It was a very proud moment for me when I made my Wednesday debut against Burnley this season. I remember the manager Dave Jones telling me to go and warm up. When Dave pulled me over and told me I was going on, I was so nervous.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

Probably at the age of 12. I was playing local football in Canada and a under-14 team manager came up to me and said he wanted me to come to a training session. I went up and did really well and it went from there.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My mobile phone.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

When I was a scholar at Ipswich, I remember sitting in the dressing room with all the other lads waiting to be told whether we were going to be offered a pro contract or not. All the boys were so worried. I got offered a deal but I didn’t want to stay at that time so I moved on.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I believe in myself a lot so I don’t doubt myself.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

They are good to a certain extent. You get people giving you grief and it depends how you take it. I’m a big Twitter user so I think it’s good personally. It helps keep me in touch with my mates in Canada.

How do you relax away from sport?

Playing computer games.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I went with the whole of my family to Miami Orlando last summer and I would definitely go again.

Do you cook? If so, what’s your favourite meal and if not, who provides that meal?

I do cook a little bit. My favourite meal would be a prawn stir fry.

What was the last book you read?

The Secret Footballer.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would probably be a physio or a paramedic.

Favourite TV programme?

Dexter. It’s such a good show.