Sunday 4 December 2016

Trevor Croly: I would love to bring Damien Duff to Bray

Published 11/05/2015 | 14:05

New Bray Wanderers FC manager Trevor Croly at the announcement of his tenure at the helm of the Wicklow soccer club. The Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
New Bray Wanderers FC manager Trevor Croly at the announcement of his tenure at the helm of the Wicklow soccer club. The Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

NEW Bray Wanderers manager Trevor Croly says that he would love to bring Damien Duff to the Carlisle Grounds this summer if the former Ireland international was interested.

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Duff has been linked with a move to Bray after confirming his intention to leave Australia and come home to play out his remaining years in the League of Ireland.

It’s believed that the 36-year-old has held preliminary talks about the possibility of picking the Wicklow outfit as his chosen destination, although the caveat is that the discussions were tied in with a proposed takeover of the club by the McGettigan Group which has now collapsed.

Indeed, ahead of Croly’s unveiling in Dublin today, a statement from the hotel group said they were taking legal advice on their position, adding that the ‘deal has still not gone through for reasons beyond our control.”

But the new Seagulls boss indicated at the official announcement of his appointment that he would be very keen to explore the possibility of signing Duff if he was available.

“I’m only in the job so I’ve not got down that road with Damien,” said Croly. “Damien would be a great addition. If Damien is fit, he’s at another level, let’s be honest so if Damien was interested in playing for Bray Wanderers and he’s fit then it would be very, very nice to work with him.”

Bray’s season to date has been a story of turmoil off the pitch and struggles on the park with Alan Mathews, who started the campaign in charge, leaving on account of a dispute over payment.

Croly took his time to accept the offer to take charge and says he is satisfied with the guarantees that he has been given.

“I looked at everything,” said Croly, who has agreed a three year deal and will bring in John Gill and Noel White to assist him. “I would have had the same reservations and asked the same questions as some of you guys (press) and I’m fine with that. 

“I’ve spoken with the guys and I’m happy with the answers I got. There’s always issues but here stuff seems to fed out everywhere. I’m not concerned with it and I’m sure the players aren’t either.”

“I certainly didn’t rush into the decision and I think it’s a fantastic challenge with huge potential.”

Bray chairman Denis O’Connor, who was present with Croly at the press conference, insisted from the top table that the current hierarchy have a long term football plan for the relegation threatened club who have taken just seven points from their opening twelve games and have recently endured a 5-0 drubbing at home to Galway and an 8-1 humiliation in Dundalk.

“We want to get together a group of people who are interested in the football side, that’s our ambition,” said O’Connor, “All this other stuff, it’s mischievousness that’s going on. We’re not interested right now, we’re more interesting in helping Trevor and the rest of his team this week and being ready for the game with St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday night.”

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