Enda can’t wait to get started

New Derry City FC manager Roddy Collins. (DER4713PG050)
New Derry City FC manager Roddy Collins. (DER4713PG050)

New Derry City signing Enda Curran says he hopes to learn from fellow striker Rory Patterson when the pair join forces next season.

Curran, who played under new Derry City boss Roddy Collins at Athlone Town last season, told the Sunday Journal that when he heard Derry City were interested in signing him he did not hesitate in putting pen to paper.

“Joining a club with the history and the support that Derry City have is a dream come true for me,” said the 21-year-old yesterday afternoon.

Curran played and scored against Derry City in the Brandywell in April 2010. Derry won the game 4-1, with Curran converting a penalty for the visitors.

“I remember that day because James McClean scored an absolute blinder. I don’t really know any of the Derry City players personally but I would chat to some of them the odd time on Twitter and Facebook,” he said.

Roddy Collins signed Curran midway through last season from Salthill Devon. Coincidentally, Curran’s only hat-trick of 2013 came against Athlone Town when both sides clashed at the Athlone Town Stadium in March this year.

“I think Athlone only conceded six goals at home last season and I was responsible for six of them - it’s funny how things work out,” said Curran.

Curran is also a former Galway United and Mervue United player and said that playing under Roddy Collins has helped him to improve as a player.

“Roddy is a born a winner and I can’t speak highly of him,” he said.

“I don’t know what it is about Roddy but he manages to get the very best out of every player. I have improved and developed under him greatly.

“I am of a similar attitude to Roddy in the sense that all I want to do is win. It was brilliant playing under Roddy at Athlone Town last season and when I heard he wanted to bring me to Derry City I couldn’t believe my luck.”

Derry City striker Rory Patterson, who re-signed for the ‘Candy Stripes’ on Thursday, was the top goals corer in the Airtricity League Premier Division last season. Patterson finished off the season with 18 league goals.

“I can’t wait to meet with Rory and have a chat with him,” said Curran.

“I’ve admired Rory for a while now - he’s a deadly finisher of the ball and his link-up play is top notch.

“I really hope that he can teach me a few things and hopefully he will help to become a better player.”

Curran is currently enjoying a year’s sabbatical from education and will move to Derry before Christmas.

A native of Rahoon in Galway, he said joining Derry City is a boyhood dream come true.

“I’ve always wanted to play football at the top level in Ireland and now I am getting my chance,” he said. “I went to see Derry City play against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght last season and I remember thinking that they had some amazing players.

“Roddy is determined to win the league with Derry City and that’s something that I really want to be part of. I can’t wait to move up, start training and get started - I am so excited.”

Enda is a younger brother of former Galway United right-back, Nicky Curran.

Meanwhile, former Derry City striker, Michael Rafter has agreed terms with Cork City.

Rafter netted 12 goals in the Premier Division for Derry City last season after he joined them from Dundalk F.C.