Thursday 14 December 2017

Damien Duff eager to begin Melbourne odyssey

Damien Duff with his son Woody.
Damien Duff with his son Woody.

Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff is looking forward to a new chapter in his sporting career and his life when he moves to Melbourne in the coming days.

The 35-year-old Dubliner leaves London club Fulham for A-League side Melbourne City and he can't wait for the challenge.

"I can't wait for the big move," he told the Star.

"It's a new chapter in my career and for my family as well and of course I'm looking forward to it."

The Ballyboden native was in Irishtown Stadium on Saturday raising money for charities such  as Heart Children Ireland and Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

Duff's own three-year-old son Woody was born with a congenital heart defect which required surgery at six months.

When the surgery was scheduled it clashed with Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Armenia but his wife Elaine (30) convinced him to play the game.

"It was a really hard time. I was saying, 'I can't change [the date of] my son's heart operation to play for Ireland'," he said in an interview recently.

"It just didn't sit right with me. I didn't want to mess with fate.

"I was thinking that if we put it (the surgery) back a week, it mightn't work the next week - it's just the weird way the mind works.

"But my wife talked me around and we did it the week after."

To donate to Heart Children Ireland click here, To support Aoibheann's Pink Tie you can text 'Aoibheann' to 50300 to donate €2.

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