HARRY Monaghan is fast gaining a reputation as a football journeyman despite his tender years.
The Glaswegian, who signed a one-year deal with Derry City last Friday, has been busy travelling across Europe in a bid to further his football education.
I’m only 22 years-old so to come here to another country to gain experience can only be good. I’m young and hungry so I’m looking forward to getting started now.Harry Monaghan
The ambitious 22 year-old made the unusual decision to leave Scotland after seven years breaking through the the Hibs’ ranks at Easter Road, to pursue a career in Iceland last February.
“To have it on my CV at a young age I thought it would be beneficial, plus it’s not often you get the opportunity to go abroad so I thought I’d jump at it,” he explained.
“I wanted to get that experience and use it to better myself and that’s what I’m trying to do,” he added.
And once there he helped Icelandic Premier League club, Vikingur of Reykjavik to a fourth place finish during a memorable season.
But now he’s ready for a new challenge in yet another different country.
The versatile midfielder, returned from Iceland and had trials at Falkirk, Livingston and English Conference side, Aldershot as his European crusade continued, before a proposed move to Irish League club, Linfield fell through last August.
Monaghan had been spending time training at Partick Thistle and was then closing in on a move to Falkirk before Kenny Shiels came calling.
“I’m only 22 years-old so to come here to another country to gain experience can only be good. I’m young and hungry so I’m looking forward to getting started now.”
And the robust midfielder claims Shiels’ reputation in Scotland with Kilmarnock and Derry City’s rich history in the League of Ireland, made his decision to join the Brandywell club a simple one.
“I’m well aware about the club and its history despite not being from the country,” said Monaghan.
“And I was also aware that Kenny (Shiels) was the manager and I know him pretty well from his time in Scotland.
“So it was a great opportunity to work with a manager of his experience and credentials.
“I just couldn’t turn that down.”
Monaghan played in Derry City’s friendly fixture against Limavady United three weeks ago and impressed and he felt he fitted perfectly into Shiels vision for the season ahead.
He describes himself as ‘an aggressive, ball winning midfielder’ who ‘likes to get about the pitch’. He understands he could face stiff competition in the midfield area from the likes of Conor McCormack and Barry McNamee but he feels that can only be a good thing for the club.
“If there’s competition with young, hungry players it can only be good for the club.
“My first impression when I came over was absolutely brilliant,” he continued. “Since then I knew I needed to make this happen.
“It’s one of the best run clubs I’ve been to. Kenny was really keen to show us the facilities they’ve got here at the club and the Foyle Arena.
“The fact we have these facilities when we want them can only bode well for the season ahead.
“I was involved in the friendly game against Limavady but I first learned about the interest from Derry about three or four weeks ago and it seemed the perfect move.”