Joshua Gatt would love the opportunity to welcome his old side Molde to Ireland next week for a Champions League meeting but isn’t looking too far ahead just yet.
The twice-capped American international spent six years at the Norwegian champions from 2011 to 2016, winning three Tippeligaen titles.
That period remains the most successful of a career which has been badly curtailed by three knee ligament injuries.
Nevertheless after featuring off the bench for Dundalk in both their matches with Waterford last week, the 28-year-old is hopeful that he is back on track.
Now there could be an emotional reunion with his old club next week if Dundalk can overcome NK Celje this week and Molde do likewise with KuPS of Finland. While that would be a dream come true for the winger, he says he’s not looking that far ahead just yet.
“That’s a pretty exciting draw for me,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the potential of playing them but that’s a little bit too far in advance.
“We’ve a game coming up on Wednesday that is our main focus and we’ve got to take care of business there.
“There’s no point in having conversations about the future if you can’t take care of the present so the focus is on Celje,” he said.
Gatt says there are several survivors at Molde from his time there but again warned that Dundalk had business to take care of before then.
“There’s maybe like seven or eight guys still there but I know the style and the club pretty well.
“I was there for a decent amount of time and the way they play hasn’t really changed much since I was still there. They still have that attacking style where they like to play and get their wing backs forward and play in between guys. They play long switches out wide as well. It’s a club that I know very well and will know very well but they’re not my prime focus right now.
“The prime focus is the team from Slovenia and Molde have to win their game too.”