DERRY City boss Roddy Collins has dismissed speculation linking Paddy McCourt with a return to Brandywell Stadium as ‘far fetched’.
The Dubliner, who signed the Shantallow man from Rochdale when managing Shamrock Rovers in 2005, claimed McCourt can still go on and shine at English Championship and even Premiership level if he was taken under the wing of the right manager.
Describing the former Derry City and Celtic winger as one of ‘the most talented players I ever worked with’, Collins doesn’t expect to secure his signature for a second time following McCourt’s recent release from relegated Barnsley.
“Not in a million years,” said Collins. “That’s far fetched. Paddy did one twist for me coming to Shamrock Rovers back in the day but Paddy’s in a different plateau now.
“Paddy should be playing in the Championship on a regular basis, if not in the Premier League and definitely in the Premier League in Scotland.
“Paddy’s for bigger teams, he’s young and probably one of the most talented players I ever worked with and he hasn’t been backed up by enough managers in my opinion.
“If he gets the right manager, in the right country then he can go on for another five years with that great, God given ability that he has.”
Speculation of a return to his hometown club arose following the N.Ireland international’s release from Barnsley this week after his one year contract with the Oakwell Park club came to an end.