Derry role a 'delight' for Hutton

Aidan Fitzmaurice

DERRY CITY legend Peter Hutton is pleased to be back at the club in his new role as assistant to boss Roddy Collins.

Derry confirmed yesterday that Collins (right) was returning to the Brandywell as manager, succeeding Declan Devine, and the Dubliner was unveiled to the media in Derry today.

Collins moved quickly to build his backroom team, bringing in former Finn Harps boss Hutton – who was Derry captain when they last won the league in 1997 – as his number 2.

"I am delighted to be back at the club," said Hutton. "I think there's a real basis of a good squad there and I also think there are exciting times ahead.

"I obviously know Roddy Collins quite well from playing against his teams and I am looking forward to the challenge."


CHAMPIONSHIP side Reading have rewarded the progress of Ireland U19 cap Liam Kelly by handing the midfielder a professional contract.

Kelly has come through the ranks at Reading under their academy boss Eamonn Dolan and he earned widespread praise last month when he scored a wonder goal for Ireland's U19s.

"It's really good news. He's got himself a new professional contract which is deserved," said Dolan, a former Ireland U21 cap.

"We believe he's going to continue to do well, work hard and give evidence. I'm sure he will go on to sign bigger and better contracts. I remember seeing him as a nine-year-old and thinking, 'Wow, what a player'. The manager puts great faith in young players, that's the philosophy of the club, it's committed to being a good place for young players."