Friday 9 December 2016

'I must chase my 10%!': Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle explains the story behind his bizarre £1 transfer

Ian Hattaway

Published 09/11/2016 | 16:23

International weeks don't always grab the attention Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle did his best to keep the press entertained at FAI HQ today as he revealed the story behind his £1 (€1.14) transfer to Bradford.

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With the team in training ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Vienna against Austria, Doyle was sent out to face the media along with Darren Randolph, David McGoldrick and Callum O'Dowda.

The shot-stopper, who has one previous cap for the boys in green, moved from Blackpool to League One Bradford during the summer for the price of a Freddo, which caught the attention of many.

Asked to elaborate on the unusual summer move, he laughed as explained the circumstances behind his transfer.

"It wasn’t my doing really, it was sort of my doing," he said.

"It was one of those clauses where they said ‘if we get relegated, you can go for free’. But because I had signed a two year deal, the FA wouldn't let me go on a free so there had to be some kind of fee.

“We just said £1 and they agreed to it. I think they paid it so I’m still waiting for my 10%. I must chase that up."

Doyle is unlikely to see any game time in Saturday's clash given the form of Randolph on the international stage, but the Bradford goalkeeper is hoping he gets an opportunity to break into Martin O'Neill's starting eleven.

"Darren [Randolph] is in there at the moment and he has staked his claim and played well," Doyle said.

"He’s got that jersey and Westy [Keiren Westwood] is doing well at Sheffield Wednesday, but you’ve just got to do well and if you get your chance you’ve got to take it like Darren has done.”

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