DERRY City’s high profile reputation as a top club for developing young talent continued this week with the news that stylish striker, Patrick Mc-Eleney, is bound for Brentford for a one week trial.
And supporting that statement comes the fact that another young “Candy Stripe,” Michael Duffy, who is currently on trial with Celtic, netted twice in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United behind closed doors on Tyneside yesterday.
Duffy who crashed his memorable brace past Dutch international keeper, Tim Krul, is understood to have impressed the powers that be at Celtic Park yet again.
Confirming McEleney’s surprise trip to Brentford, Brandywell boss, Peter Hutton, reiterated Derry’s commitment to younger members of the club’s playing staff.
“We’ve spoken to Brentford and Patrick’s agent and agreed to let him go on trial for a week to Brentford,” he said.
“We’re delighted that he’s got the opportunity to return to England again having spent time at Sunderland as a teenager. He will travel over this weekend, returning on Friday next in time for our pre-season campaign,” added Hutton.
“Patrick has always held aspirations of returning to full-time football across the Channel and, as a club, we would never stand in a player’s way when such an opportunity arises.”
Both Niall McGinn and Barry McNamee have spent time with “The Bees,” McGinn on loan from Celtic and McNamee on trial and, according to Hutton, both players had heaped praise on the Griffin Park club.
“Both Niall and Barry have spoken highly of their time at Brentford, so there’s no problem on that front.
“Hopefully, Patrick will enjoy the experience but, as is the case with Michael (Duffy), he will take nothing for granted and see what develops.”