DERRY City starlet, Michael Duffy, has been called into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad following the player’s impressive performances this season for his home town club.
The 20-year-old former St. Columb’s College and North-West Regional College student has netted a total of 12 goals in all competitions for the “Candy Stripes” this season from his position on the left wing.
And with the player now considered a regular starter in Peter Hutton’s first team, his international call-up comes as no major surprise.
Managed by Jim Magilton, there’s no doubt either that former Brandywell boss, Declan Devine - who is employed by the I.F.A. in that organisation’s Elite Coaching Staff - will have regularly informed the N. Ireland international manager on Duffy’s meteoric progress this season.
Indeed, it’s widely understood that the versatile winger has now come to the attention of cross-Channel clubs following several top class displays this term.
Having netted goals against Aberystwyth Town and Shaktyor Soligorsk in the Europa League this season, the player has also excelled in the Airtricity Premier Division with a highly impressive hat-trick against UCD in the Belfield Bowl, followed then by a brace against Bohemians at the Brandywell.
The Northern Ireland Under-21’s are scheduled to play Serbia next month in a European U21 Championship game, a fixture in which Duffy could well make his international debut.
PADDY McCOURT BOUND
Meanwhile, it’s also understood that former Derry and Celtic midfielder, Paddy McCourt, may be about to put pen to paper for Championship club, Brighton & Hove Albion.
It’s also believed the 30-year-old had negotiations with Shamrock Rovers, but opted to remain in England.