DERRY City striker, Michael Duffy is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former ‘Candy Striped’ players James McClean and Stephen McLaughlin having turned down a move to Premiership side Norwich to remain at the Brandywell this season.
EOGHAIN McKANE reports
The 18-year-old Galliagh lad was offered the chance to go on trial with the ‘Canaries’ recently.
However, having spoken at length with both Derry boss Declan Devine and his father, Michael, about a potential cross-channel move, he decided his best chance of progressing his career would be to force his way into the Derry City first team.
Duffy was also attracting interest from SPL side, Kilmarnock and League One representatives, Sheffield United, but having opted to stay on Foyleside for another two years, the striker is excited about the forthcoming season. “I spent the Christmas period making my decision and I decided I would rather have stayed in Derry for another two years and try to break through and, hopefully, play first team football,” revealed Duffy.
“Now I’m fully committed to Derry, I can’t wait to get the season started. Seeing the likes of James McClean and Stephen McLaughlin getting a move to cross-Channel clubs gives me encouragement and I hope that I’m able to do the same.”
“Hopefully, with two years of football here and if I can score enough goals it will help me get a move across the water”, he added.