BOHEMIANS striker, Mark Quigley returns to Brandywell tonight claiming he’ll be forever grateful to Derry City for resurrecting his career after back surgery threatened to end his playing days.
The 30 year-old Dubliner returned to Dalymount Park for a second spell this season after a short stint on Foyleside under then boss, Peter Hutton who signed him last July.
Quigley struggled for fitness and failed to make an impression in the team during four frustrating months but he claims he owes Derry and Hutton for helping him return to full fitness, insisting he can now ‘see light at the end of the tunnel’.
Quigley played 20 minutes of Bohemians’ 4-3 loss to Shelbourne in the EA Sports Cup as he makes his way back from a troublesome quad injury and he’s looking forward to playing in front of the Brandywell support tonight should he get the nod.
“It’s always a place I like to go,” said the striker. “Whether as an opposition player or when I was playing at Derry.
“There’s always a decent crowd and with Derry flying high and us needing a result, I think it will make for a good, exciting game. Physically I wasn’t able for a good run last year so I was just grateful that Derry and Peter Hutton signed me. If he hadn’t of signed me I don’t know where I’d be at the moment,” he added.
“I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in now where I’m nearly fully fit. I picked up a quad injury three weeks ago which has kept me out of the last four games but apart from that I’ve been doing really well.
“However, if it wasn’t for Derry, Peter Hutton and Mickey Hegarty, the physio, when I was there, I don’t know what I would have done.
“I was very grateful he signed me but I wasn’t physically able to play a run of games.”
“Towards the end of the season I started two of the last three games or so and I felt well. But I was looking more towards this season and getting back to normal.
“I feel like I’m close to it now. I was more grateful to get the opportunity to get back playing at such a big team.”
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