Kevin Deery celebrated his Testimonial Dinner in the Everglades Hotel on Saturday night, the 28-year-old surrounding by his family, friends and playing colleagues.
And while problematic knee injuries have severely limited the central midfielder’s performances over the past two seasons in particular, the Creggan man refuses to give up hope of returning to action again.
Having recently gone under the surgeon’s knife again, Deery has had further micro surgery on his left knee but he’s hopeful that the “microfractures” procedure will repair the damaged cartilage around his left knee.
“I believe I still have a lot to give,” insisted the player.
“My consultant in Belfast is happy with the operation and I no longer have to depend on crutches.”
While he anxiously awaited the appointment of Declan Devine’s successor, Deery continued to harbour hopes that he will remain involved with his home town club, either in a playing or coaching capacity.
Indeed, he also hinted that another team had approached him enquiring about his fitness which gave him a personal boost, but he said no decision on his future would be made until the new manager at the Brandywell had been appointed.
“Obviously, I’ve heard quite a few names mentioned in relation to the new Derry City manager so, hopefully, when an appointment is made my future will be finally decided.
“Aside from my wife and two children, playing for Derry City has always been one of the most important things in my life. I’m a Derry lad, born and bred and nothing comes close to lining out for my home town team, especially at the Brandywell.
“But I am confident that I still have plenty to offer the club in the future but as I’ve said, there’s nothing I can do about it until a new manager is appointed at the club.
“Hopefully, I will be able to sit down and see how he feels,” he concluded.