FOUR WEEKS since making his league debut for Derry City, Ryan McBride has experienced a rapid rise to prominence at Brandywell Stadium and yesterday put pen-to paper on a two-year contract with the ‘Candy Stripes’.
The 21 year-old defender signed on the dotted line for his home-town club - a two year contract which will keep him on Foyleside until the end of the 2013 season at least - hours after receiving news of his selection for Damien Richardson’s 21 man Airtricity League Select to take part in the Dublin Super Cup at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.
Having played junior football just last season in the North West Saturday Morning League, the Brandywell resident was delighted to sign his first ever contract with the club which overlooks his home.
And having got his contract out of the way, he can now look forward to rubbing shoulders with the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Wesley Sneijder and David Silva when kicking off the Dublin Super Cup against Manchester City on Saturday before taking on Glasgow Celtic on Sunday alongside ten of his Derry City team-mates.
It’s a remarkable success story for the no-nonsense centre-half, who has quickly progressed through the youth ranks and has established himself at the heart of the Derry City defence alongside Stewart Greacen, following an impressive showing in his debut in the 0-3 victory over Drogheda United at Honky Dorys Park on July 1st last.
Since then McBride has impressed with three assured performances against Shamrock Rovers where he received glowing endorsements, Bray Wanderers and against Dundalk last Friday night.
The local lad may only be beginning his career with Stephen Kenny’s men but he has come a long way since his days in junior football and was delighted to commit his future yesterday afternoon.“I started off playing in the Saturday Morning League so I’ve come a long way and I’m delighted to sign with Derry City,” said McBride yesterday.
“The contract was good so I’m glad to get it sorted.
“I made my debut in the League Cup against UCD when we won 3-0 and then made my first league start against Drogheda, so it’s all gone well since then,” he continued. “I didn’t expect to make such an impact, it’s great playing alongside big Stewart at the back and we’ve got a good partnership so far.
“I’m doing okay at the minute so I’ll just try and keep the head down and keep challenging for my place.
“It’s my first ever contract so I had to sit down and think about it for a while but in the end it was an easy decision, it’s my hometown club and I was delighted to get offered the contract.
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