MICHAEL Duffy returned from his one week trial with Celtic on Friday, the 20-years-old thoroughly enjoying the experience of training with first team squad a members at Parkhead.
And, while Brandywell boss, Peter Hutton, does not wish to see his versatile winger move on just yet, he believes the trip to Celtic Park will have done Duffy the world of good. Hutton arrives back home today having spent a week in Holland working closely with both the Ajax and Feyenoord Youth Academies, the latest phase in his Pro Licence Coaching Badge programme.
“I have been in touch with Michael on a regular basis and he appears to have settled in very well and enjoyed the experience,” said the Derry boss.
“He was certainly very happy during the first few days having trained with the first team players who were not involved in last weekend’s cup match and he will have enjoyed that experience. He’s a quiet lad who seems to take everything in his stride and he felt comfortable when taking part in training with some of Celtic’s high profile players,” added Hutton.
However, the Derry boss also made it clear that it was important that the 20-years-old didn’t read too much into the one week trial.
“Michael is intelligent enough to know that he can take absolutely nothing for granted and we’ve advised him not to read too much into going on trial. That said, when Celtic made contact with us offering him a trial he was very keen to travel over and, obviously, he been enjoying every minute of it. It’s been a great experience for him and one he certainly will not forget in a hurry.”
And while the Derry boss wished the player every success, Hutton is also very keen to have him at the Brandywell next season as one of his key players for the 2015 campaign.
“He’s developed into a key player for us having come through our yout set-up and it’s now got to the stage that I would hope to build the squad around him.
“However, while he’s a talent, I feel another year or so at Derry City would do him no harm as he continues to develop. But if Michael was fortunate enough to get a offer to join a top club in either Scotland or England, then we certainly would not stand in his way.
“From a totally selfish point of view, we would be very disappointed to see him move at this moment in time as he still has quite a lot to learn.
“He’s just turned 20 this year and while I personally feel he’s not ready for a move just yet, stranger things have happened in this game. He has taken full advantage of a great opportunity - an opportunity that very few players receive - and if nothing comes from it, the experience has given him a superb opportunity to see how far he must go if he wishes to further his career in top class football in Scotland or England. As I’ve said, he’s a very talented young man with huge potential and I’ve no doubt that all those who know him, will be keeping their fingers crossed that Michael managed to impress the powers that be at Celtic Park.
“At the same time, I’m hoping that he will not look too far or get carried away. It’s all about the experience and he’s opted to take full advantage of it,” concluded Hutton.
Meanwhile, out of contract midfielder, Barry Molloy, returned home from a short trial at Fleetwood Town with a twisted ankle. The Ramelton man is understood to have sustained the injury a practise match and he returned home for treatment at the Brandywell.INJS-