MARKUS POOM never had his own vocals before joining Shamrock Rovers – but now he wants fans to talk about him forever.
The Estonia international joined the Hoops on loan from Flora Tallinn this season and his midfield performances and three goals have made him a popular figure in Tallaght.
And every time he scores a goal or touches the ball near the goal, the roar of “Poooooommm” comes from the south stand.
The 24-year-old said: “This is the first time fans have sung songs about me. This is something special.
“As a loan player, it’s incredible to see the support from the fans and I will cherish these moments.” It is unclear whether he will stay in Tallaght next season, but discussions are ongoing with his agent.
But Poom is determined to ensure he is talked about in the future by helping the Hoops secure a fourth consecutive league title.
A win against St Patrick’s Athletic tonight would guarantee a record-breaking performance with two games remaining.
Poom admitted he knew little about what chasing four titles – something the 1980s team did – meant for the club when he signed.
But he quickly realized what it meant to be part of a team that did this.
He said: “I know we would be in good company if we could do that. From my point of view it would be a privilege and no one can take it away from you.
“We have good people in front of us who have done it, and in this group we want to do it ourselves.”
“That means you have to win your games and for us Friday will be the most important game.
“We don’t want to rush into it because it’s a big task, but you just have to focus on now.
“It feels like the next game is a final. We need to recover and focus on Friday.
“But there’s a lot at stake for us and we hope we can do it.”