MICHAEL Duffy’s early season performances has earned the midfielder a contract extension, the 19-year-old now tied to his home town club until the end of the 2015 season at least.
Delighted to have secured agreement with the youngster, Brandywell boss, Roddy Collins, now wants a victory over St. Patrick’s Athletic tonight to end what will have been an excellent week’s work.
“I’ve had a good week so far,” commented the Dubliner last night. “But a win over the league champions would certainly put the icing on the cake for us,” he smiled.
Delighted to have extended the contract of Duffy, Collins felt the Galliagh lad has much to offer and insisted others would follow the same path this season.
“We’re beginning to have good competition for places and that’s exactly what I want. Ciaran Gallagher stepped in last weekend and did his prospects no harm against Drogheda which was good, while other young player are continuing to knock on the door. Michael has impressed me both on the training ground and in the games he has played,” insisted the team boss who has a clean bill of health for tonight’s visit of Liam Buckley’s side. (7.45 p.m.)
“Barry Molloy (thigh strain), Ryan McBride (leg) and Gerard Doherty (hamstring) have all recovered from their injuries, they will be added to the squad.
“Young Josh Tracey is also fit and he has been added to the squad having done well in training, but we have to be conscious of our resources as we are now facing something like four games over the space of 14 days,” noted Collins.
But given last weekend’s second half performance against Drogheda, the St. Pat’s match couldn’t be coming at a better time according to the Dubliner.
“This is the game we wanted at this stage of the season as I believe we have shown improvement in every game we have played so far.”
“Okay, it wouldn’t be too difficult to improve from the performance against Cork, but our display in the second half against Drogheda was probably the best we have played so far,” he claimed.
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