Northern Ireland under-21 striker Ally Roy joins Partick Thistle from Derry City

Fri, Jan 04 2019

Roy in action for Derry City against Shamrock Rovers in September. Credit: John-Paul McGinley (ETPhotos)

Northern Ireland under-21 international Ally Roy has joined Partick Thistle until the end of the Scottish season following his departure from Derry City.

The Airdrie native spent the second half of the 2018 League of Ireland season with the Candystripes after making the move from Scottish Premiership side Hearts.

21-year-old Roy had spent the first half of the season on loan with Sligo Rovers and scored against Derry, prompting Kenny Shiels to offer him a deal at the Brandywell.

His form for the Candystripes led Northern Ireland under-21 manager Ian Baraclough to call him up for the final three European Championship qualifiers against Spain, Iceland and Slovakia.

Following Shiels’ departure at the end of the season, Roy returned to the land of his birth and spent time training with Partick before the transfer window opened this month.

“Ally’s another guy who we’ve had in training which has allowed us to see exactly the type of player and character he is,” said Thistle manager Gary Caldwell.

“He’s still very young so he’s got potential to improve but we feel he can make an impact on the team straight away.”

Roy, who also had loan spells with East Stirlingshire, Stenhousemuir and Dumbarton while with Hearts, will wear shirt number 99 for the Jags.