MICHAEL Duffy claims it was a ‘dream come true’ when he finally completed the move to his ‘Bhoyhood’ heroes, Celtic on Transfer Deadline Day.
The 20 year-old Galliagh man signed a four-and-a-half year deal for the ‘Hoops’ on Monday night following a successful three year spell in the Derry City first team.
A current N. Ireland U21 international, Duffy enjoyed his best ever season in a Derry City shirt last year, scoring 16 goals, including two goals in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers against Aberystwyth Town and Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
He will initially join the Development squad at Celtic Park under, manager, Stephen Frail but he hopes to make the breakthrough to Ronnie Delia’s senior team as soon as possible.
“My family are all buzzing for me,” said a delighted Duffy. “I’m constantly getting messages since I signed, it’s amazing.
“It’s such a good experience for me being around all these top players. I’m just enjoying it.
“It feels amazing,” he continued. “It’s like a dream come true. I came over here on trial just before Christmas and spent eight days here and saw two matches that I’d never been to before. It was brilliant.
“I’ve never actually been to Parkhead before to watch a game but the first time I came over for a trial I managed to get to two matches. I got to one of the Europa League matches and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.
“I’m now going to work hard and try my best to make an appearance for the first-team and make the fans happy. This is the club I’ve always supported and this is huge for me.
“I need to work hard, put all my effort into it and just show good determination and give it my all.”
While the official fee has not been confirmed by either club, it’s understood that Derry City will receive just over £100,000 for the talented winger.
It’s also understood the Derry City Board have negotiated several contractual “add-ons” including a sell-on percentage plus payments for first team appearances.