FOOTBALL: Financial windfall for Foyle Harps after Duffy’s Celtic move

The sale of Michael Duffy (left) to Celtic is expected to earn Shantallow based junior football club, Foyle Harps in the region of �15,000.
The sale of Michael Duffy (left) to Celtic is expected to earn Shantallow based junior football club, Foyle Harps in the region of �15,000.

Foyle Harps are expected to receive a minimum payment of £15,000 following the transfer of Michael Duffy to Celtic this week.

The former Derry City winger represented the Shantallow based junior football club in the Derry & District Youth F.A. before making the move to Brandywell Stadium where he spent three seasons in the ‘Candy Stripes’ first team squad.

And his Transfer Deadline Day move to Parkhead last Monday night, which is understood to have earned Derry City in the region of £100,000 plus ‘add-ons’ will also mean Foyle Harps receive a substantial windfall.

“Michael’s transfer gives him an opportunity to play football at the highest level but it also benefits the Derry and District Youth league who will receive 15 per cent percent of the agreed fee,” said a Derry City spokesman.

“Derry City’s underage structure continues to grow under the direction of our excellent coaching staff. Derry City has underage teams from U12 to U19s as well as an Ulster Senior League and Ladies’ squads.

“Derry City continues to provide opportunities for young footballers in the North West to achieve their dreams.”

And the Brandywell club have asked all those interested in supporting the club to help out in any way they can.

“In order to continue this success Derry City Football club needs the support of local people. The public can support the club in a number of ways such as; buying a season ticket, attending games and supporting fundraising events such as the £50,000 draw.”