Juan Ignacio O’Neill stands put as a player that works hard. An attribute that made Recreativo de Huelva take notice of him.

Juan Ignacio O’Neill came to Marcet in 2014 taking advantage of the easter holidays to see first hand what Marcet’s High Performance Academy was all about. In September of the same year, the Puerto Rican player came back to Barcelona to sign for Marcet’s Professional Program (MPEP). After two seasons soaking up all the knowledge and methodology Marcet has to offer, Juani has been selected to play for Puerto Rico’s U-20s and take part in matches as a starter for his country.

O’Neill stands out as a player that works hard, that is disciplined and is a fighter. Some traits that has got RC Recreativo de Huelva, a hard working side from Spain’s Segunda División B, to take notice of him. The Puerto Rican player is putting to play everything that he has learnt at Marcet for the side from Huelva. “Something that I have learnt at Fundación that’s helping me at my new club was bettering my technique and my game, as well as my role on the pitch and maintaining resolve and consistency in my game”.

A text message was the bearer of good news for Juani, when it come to getting the trials with RC Recreativo de Huelva. “I got the news about getting the trials with Recre via a text message. I got nervous and emotional at the same time and felt that all the work and sacrifice was starting to pay off”.

Good adaptation

Juani’s arrival in Andalucía has been very positive. “My adaption at ‘Recre’ gets better as the days go by. On a personal level, everyone has been really friendly and they’ve all made me feel at home. On the footballing side of things, I’m getting more and more comfortable with my new teammates and my presence on the pitch has been growing more and more”.

O’Neill’s target is to enjoy and learn from this new stage for the Onubense team, even so, the Puerto Rican player still has more professional dreams to make come true. “For the future, my goals are to continue working hard and get the best out of myself to keep climbing the ladder until I get to my target, which is being a player in the Spanish Primera División. I also hope to help improve football in my country and achieve great things with my National Side”.

Bit by bit Juan Ignacio O’Neill is climbing toward his goals. He started his path as a footballer with Fundación Marcet, he’s already been called up to Puerto Rico’s U-20s squad and is now starting a new phase in his career with Spanish Segunda División B side RC Recreativo de Huelva. A promising path for his future in professional football.