Derry City captain, Kevin Deery, has revealed to the Sunday Journal that he thought about “handing the captaincy back” during his long time injury lay-off earlier this season.
In an open and honest interview with the Sunday Journal, Deery, 27, said that he would gladly sacrifice the captain’s armband in the final of the F.A.I. Cup if it meant that Derry City would lift the trophy.
“I have never told anyone this but when I was injured I thought about asking if I could hand the captaincy back because I was out injured for so long.
“It would be great to be part of the team that wins the FAI Cup and should it come to it I have no problem in letting a few of the other players lift the trophy before I do.
“Being the captain of Derry City Football Club is a great honour but I would hand it over in the morning if it meant that we were guaranteed to win the cup next month.
“Nothing would make me happier than to help Derry win the FAI Cup for the team, the manager and the city,” he said.
The Derry skipper was also keen to praise the recent performances of young team mate and fellow midfielder Barry McNamee.
“Barry’s been a breath of fresh air, he’s brought a lot out of myself and it’s been great to see him rewarded with a two year contract - he really deserves it.
“Barry is really nice fella, he’s quiet and keeps himself to himself and he really knows how to play football.”