Rory joins Cockburn City “Down Under”

Photo Lorcan Doherty /
Photo Lorcan Doherty /

Former Derry City striker, Rory Patterson, last weekend put pen to paper when joining Western Australian club, Cockburn City.

The 30-years-old secured the amicable cancellation of his Derry City contract several weeks ago, before setting sail for the southern hemisphere.

And shortly after his arrival in Perth, he entered negotiations and was subsequently snapped up by the local club which is currently managed by former Glasgow Celtic player, Marc Anthony.

Never too far from controversy throughout his career, Patterson’s ability in front of goal has never been in question.

In fact, following the 2013 season at the Brandywell the Strabane native secured the prestigious top goalscorers’ award and was, without doubt, the most prolific striker in the League of Ireland.

He also won an FAI Cup winners’ medal with the “Candy Stripes” also during 2013 and nettted two goals in the 3-2 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic when managed by Declan Devine.

However, following Devine’s departure, the player had differences with then Derry boss, Roddy Collins and, coupled with injury problems, he failed to replicate his success in front of goal.

Patterson represented the “Candy Stripes” on 93 competitive occasions, scoring a total of 61 goals.