DERRY City’s talented centre-back, Aaron Barry, went under the surgeon’s knife on Friday, 24 hours after signing a new deal to remain at the Brandywell.
And having already played in the “Candy Striped” jersey of former club Sheffield United as a youth player, the Co. Wicklow native is keen to continue his development on Foyleside.
The 21-years-old had keyhole surgery on his knee to tidy up a small tear at the back of his cartilage, the operation performed in the Ulster Indepenent Clinic in Belfast.
And now out of action for six weeks, the defender felt it was the right time to have the problem sorted.
“I’m going home for a few weeks to recuperate and then I’ll be back up to see the surgeon again.
“I will then be put on a rehabiliation programme and, fingers crossed, I should be ready for pre-season when the time comes,” said Aaron.
Commenting on his signing a new one year contract on Thursday of last week, the Arklow Town man said he was delighted to remain with Derry City, a club he really enjoyed playing for last season.
“Obviously losing the FAI Cup final was the low point of the season for me and while I didn’t feel I played to my best in the first half of the final against St. Pat’s, I felt I did better after the break.
“No one wants to lose out in a final, but I felt we did really well to get there given the difficulties which arose during the season.
“That said, I’ve been very happy since I arrived in Derry. I felt I settled in really well and I love the city.
“I also enjoy my involvement with a great group of players and the coaching and training is both thorough and very professional,” he added.
Delighted to have agreed a new deal when approached by Peter Hutton, the player said another year at the Brandywell would further his development.
“I haven’t given up hope of possibly returning to England in the future and should such an opportunity arise, I think it’s important that I must be in a position to take advantage.
“Derry City can offer players the opportunity to improve and develop their careers as footballers and having experienced that at first hand, I’m delighted to have signed a contract for another year at least.
“I don’t mind stating that I really wanted to stay and I think Peter’s decision to get me signed before I had my operation, says quite a lot about the professionalism at the club.”
Meanwhile, having already signed Mark Timlin it’s clear that the Derry boss is keen to keep the nucleus of last season’s squad.
And after getting Barry to put pen to paper, he has also signed young striker, Nathan Boyle last week.
“I think Aaron and Ryan McBride ha ve developed a very good partnership in the heart of our defence.
“The did really well last season and I think they will prove to be much more comfortable and confidence as a central defensive pair next season,” said Hutton.
“Aaron gives us quite a few options as he can play right across the back four but to have a left-footed centre-half playing on the left side of centre, is also very important.”
And on the player’s knee operation, Hutton said it was similar to that of Danny Ventre, but the tear was not as bad.
“Aaron is a terrific young player, he takes his training very serious and is a superb young professional and I’m certainly glad to have him.”