Friday 23 August 2019

Damien Duff confirms he will move back to Ireland and join League of Ireland

Melbourne City striker David Villa celebrates with Damien Duff after scoring against Sydney FC
Melbourne City striker David Villa celebrates with Damien Duff after scoring against Sydney FC
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Damien Duff has confirmed his intention to return home this summer and play in the League of Ireland.

The 36-year-old ex-Irish international is currently in Australia where his stay with Melbourne City has been curtailed by injury.

City want him to stay on but Duff told RTE’s Soccer Republic last night that he is sticking with his plan to relocate to Ireland with his family. He intends to find an SSE Airtricity League club at that juncture.

“People are probably sick of me saying that but I’ll be home at the end of April, early May and I’ll be looking for a job,” said Duff, “Home is the next port of call.”

The former Chelsea star is set to join the growing contingent of players with Irish caps that are now plying their trade on home soil. Liam Miller returned from Australia over the winter to join Colin Healy and Alan Bennett in Cork while Shamrock Rovers have Keith Fahey and Stephen McPhail in their ranks. Duff is sure to have plenty of suitors vying for his signature.

 

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