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Tough start in new career down under for Duff

Damien Duff had a losing start to his new career in Australia as his side, Melbourne City, lost in their opening game of the season.

Duff made the move to the Australian league after his June exit from Fulham but he will have to wait for his first win, Duff starting yesterday in a 3-1 loss to Sydney.

His fellow Irishman Andy Keogh has already settled into life in Australia, scorijng both goals in a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets last week.

Meanwhile, Ireland U21 cap Anthony Forde has vowed to bring goals with him to Walsall following his move from Wolves.

The 20-year-old, who played in the Premier League for Wolves as a teenager, has ended a frustrating spell at Molineux by moving to their close neighbours Walsall, agreeing a two-year deal.

"I can't wait to get started. I feel that I will bring creativity to the side and hopefully I can also weigh in with goals," says the Limerick native.

"I'm very excited by the challenge that stands before me here; I know all about the style of play, so I want to get regular games under my belt and do well for the club.

"I know what a good standard League One is; there are some tough teams but from what I have seen here, we have the tools and set-up in place to do well."

Forde is relieved to get away from Wolves as boss Kenny Jackett had made it clear he was not in the manager's plans but the Irish trio of Stephen Ward, Kevin Doyle and Kevin Foley remain in limbo.

Talks between Wolves and Brighton over a permanent deal for Ward - he spent last season on loan to the Seagulls - broke down last week but the club has since reopened negotiations and while Ward has missed the target of getting a move before the start of the Championship season, a deal could be completed in the coming days. Foley is also available for transfer from the Molineux club, Jackett has said.