Conor Clifford makes Derry switch from St Patrick's Athletic

Tue, Dec 10 2019

Conor Clifford Credit: Al Robinson (ETPhotos)

Premier Division Derry City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Conor Clifford from Europa League rivals St Patrick’s Athletic.

The 28-year-old joins the Candystripes from the Athletic – having also had stints with Limerick and Dundalk previously.

Since returning home from the UK, Clifford has made 62 appearances in the League of Ireland – making his debut in 2017 with Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk.

However, the Dubliner is convinced that he has yet to show his true quality on these shores – as he told the Derry Journal.

“People haven't seen the best of me, definitely not,” he said. “I'm in a good place. I felt last season I had a reasonably good season and I'm coming into this season hungry and can't wait to prove a few people wrong and get going.

“I needed a home,” he soon added. “I thought I had that last year but one thing or another happened at the club behind the scenes and stuff.

“I know this is a real family town, a family club and I wanted to be a part of it.

“I know it's definitely the right decision moving here. It's a long way from home. It's three hours away but I'm willing to come here and put my head down and give my all for this club and hopefully bring success.

“A good run in Europe would be great for the fans but my main aim is to get my head down and I still have some good years left in me, I know that. I'm hungry more than ever to prove people wrong.

“I can't wait to get started. I feel, since I've come home, I've done well but I haven't hit the heights that I know I can do. I really feel it's my time now.”