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By Stephen Looney.

Derry City striker Rory Patterson is considering moving to Australia to take up an offer of playing in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sunday World can reveal.

The 30-year-old former international has been linked with a return to Linfield as player-coach Warren Feeney looks to boost his goalscoring options in January.

Windsor Park sources are cool on a possible bid to lure the Strabane man back to South Belfast but the Candystripes are keen to hold on to their top goalscorer last season.

Linfield are also monitoring Liam Boyce at Ross County, as is former club Cliftonville, with a view to pouncing should his time at Dingwall come to a premature end.

The 23-year-old has scored three goals in seven appearances to date for the SPL club since signing in the summer, but has only made one start for the Staggies.

Boyce also has an offer to play in the second tier of football in the United States of America, but for the present is concentrating on playing regularly for Ross County, where he is popular with the fans.

Another player heading Down Under is Dungannon Swifts defender Dermot McCaffrey, who will leave Stangmore Park in the New Year.

The Swifts are on the lookout for a replacement and are also tracking Linfield striker Peter Thompson, who was a transfer target for Ballymena United in the summer.

Staying in Mid Ulster, Eoin Bradley has told the Sunday World that Glenavon fans have nothing to fear regarding his commitment to the club.

'Skinner' will return to the Derry gaelic football county panel next year after talks with both Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton and county manager Brian McIver.

"I am committed to Glenavon," said the 30-year-old Glenullin man. "Probably even more so because they have been so understanding about me playing for my county as well."


Irish Independent