DERRY City’s talented defender, Daniel Lafferty, will be keeping his fingers firmly crossed that things go well during his trial with Championship club, Burnley.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
The 22-years-old left Derry on Wednesday and took part in a first team training session at Turf Moor yesterday.
He’s expected to remain in Lancashire until the middle of next week before a decision is made on his future.
Of course, the left-back has already been watched by Burnley representatives last season and with the “Clarets” currently sitting in 10th place in the Championship, they haven’t given up their hopes of securing a place in the promotion play-offs and a return to the Barclay’s Premiership next season.
While I failed to make contact with the player last night, it’s an open secret that Lafferty wishes to further his career across the Channel having spent five years with Celtic and a move to Burnley would, without doubt, interest him.
In fact, before the player left Derry, negotiations on the transfer fee had already commenced and while Derry chairman, Philip O’Doherty, is currently out of the country on business, it is known that he has spoken with his Burnley counterpart, Barry Kilby, on the fee expected should the player interest the club.
The Championship club is understood to have been searching for an attacking left-back for quite sometime and it would appear that Lafferty has always been on Burnley’s radar.
“However, new Burnley manager, Eddie Howe, insisted on the player taking a trial before he would confirm any deal, therefore, a decision is not expected until next week.
Predictably, the news has not gone down well with the Brandywell club’s new management team of Declan Devine and Paul Hegarty who, it must be said, do not have their sorrows to seek ahead of the new season.
Losing the services of players such as James McClean, Stewart Greacen, Eamon Zayed and Gareth McGlynn was bad enough, but to now face the possibility of losing their regular left-back has thrown a major spanner into the works!
Commenting on the possibility of losing the player, Devine said this was not the news he wanted to hear.
“I’m aware that the player has travelled over to Burnley and I’m also aware that the chairmen of both clubs have been discussing the possibility of Danny moving back across the Channel,” said the Derry boss.
“While I certainly hate the thought of losing probably the best left-back in the League of Ireland, I don’t think there’s too much we can do about it.
“Obviously, the club has to come first and, no doubt, the transfer fee will ensure that we are keeping our heads above water, but it certainly does cause us major problems on the team front,” lamented Devine.
“I was aware that Burnley had been one of the clubs watching Danny last season and while that doesn’t come as a surprise given his performances, I always felt a move to England would be on the cards sooner rather than later.
“Yes, if Danny does get the move he craves, Paul (Hegarty) and I will be delighted for him on a personal level but, at the same time, it will present us with yet another major headache as the new season closes in.
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