RODDY Collins was in seventh heaven last night having added a former Sheffield United defender to his Derry City panel.
Aaron Barry, a 21-year-old Co. Wicklow native, has already enjoyed the Derry air having represented his home club, Arklow Town, in the city’s high profile Foyle Cup competition.
Having spent three and a half years at Bramall Lane, Barry was loaned to Scottish club, Dumbarton last August and while he was happy to remain there, the “Blades” called him back last month, but the player failed to get the first team games he had been expecting.
“When they called me back from my loan in Scotland, I believed that my time had come to get more first team games but it didn’t happen. I had played in every game since I moved to Scotland, so it was disappointed to return to play in the Sheffield Reserve side.
“I had a good chat with the manager and he eventually agreed to cancel my contract and I decided to come home.
“However, I wouldn’t swap the experience I had at Sheffield as it certainly helped my career and made me the player I am,” he acknowledged.
“Roddy Collins then made contact. I agreed to come over and having trained and played a practise match in midweek, Derry City agreed to sign me for a year, so I’ve now got a new challenge which is great.”
Having operated at centre-back for the past two years, Aaron is equally comfortable at left-back, but he admits to not having played there in recent times.
“I was switched to left back last Tuesday night and I’d admit that I certainly felt it after the game, so it’s all about getting fully fit from here on in.
“I’m aware that every player is competing for a first team place as a new manager has come in and that suits me,” said Barry.
“It’s not a new experience for me as I’ve been to Derry before to play in the Foyle Cup competition, so I’m fully are of the strength of young players in this part of the country.”
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