“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” claims Lowry

Former Institute and Linfield midfielder, Phillip Lowry is looking forward to getting started at Derry City.

Former Institute and Linfield midfielder, Phillip Lowry is looking forward to getting started at Derry City.

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New Derry City signing Phillip Lowry claims he couldn’t refuse a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to sign for the Brandywell Club.

The former Linfield and Institute midfielder has signed a deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2015 season.

And while the 24 year-old Limavady man won’t feature in Derry boss Peter Hutton’s squad until the July Transfer Window opens, he will join up with his new teammates at Sunday’s training session.

“It’s been a long drawn out procedure which was started by Roddy Collins and it went from there but I couldn’t be happier to sign,” said a delighted Lowry.

“Obviously the full-time football was a big lure and the fact that it’s a club so close to home and it’s Derry City, I was delighted to get the opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down to be honest.

“I’ve been to watch Derry City quite a few times over these last few years and I’ve always been impressed. The club like to play football the right way and they’re known up and down the country as being a top footballing side.

Hopefully I can hit the ground running and take it from there.”

And Derry boss, Hutton believes Lowry ‘ticks all the right boxes’ and is in no doubt the midfielder will fit straight into his plans once he’s cleared to play.

“I’m delighted to get him in,” said the Derry manager. “I’ve been speaking to Philip the last couple of weeks. He ticks all the right boxes. He’s a young, local dynamic player and has a bright future in the game.

He was keen to come here and we’re delighted to get him.”

SEE FULL INTERVIEW WITH LOWRY IN TOMORROW’S DERRY JOURNAL