Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff is on the verge of signing for Shamrock Rovers on an 18-month contract according to widespread reports.
It is understood that terms have already been agreed between both parties and Rovers could announce the deal, thought to be worth €195,000, within the next 48 hours after betting was suspended on Paddy Power regarding Duff’s next club yesterday evening.
The winger, most recently with Melbourne City of the A-League, has made no secret of a desire to finish his glittering playing career in the League of Ireland.
He had also been linked with St Patrick’s Athletic after being spotted at their recent victory over Longford Town, though Duff dismissed any speculation by confirming he was only in attendance as part of an FAI coaching course.
The 36-year-old, who won a century of caps for the Republic of Ireland, will join fellow ex-internationals Keith Fahey and Stephen McPhail at Shamrock Rovers and becomes one of seven former Irish caps now plying their trade in the Premier Division.
Duff made a total of 392 Premier League appearances for Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Fulham – winning two league titles under José Mourinho at Chelsea.
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Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon confirmed he had contacted Duff last month but that no deal would go through, citing the Tallaght clubs ‘lack’ of finances as the reason:
“If he plays for nothing, that’s brilliant! We don’t have any money, it’s as simple as that. We’re tight and we just have to get on with it.”
However it now appears Rovers are willing to take the gamble and Duff’s ‘€2,500 per week contract’ may prove to be a shrewd piece of business from the Shamrock Rovers hierarchy, considering it should see an increase in attendances and shirt sales.
An extended European run would no doubt help fund the deal too, Rovers face Luxembourgian outfit Progrès Niederkorn in the second leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie tomorrow night at Tallaght Stadium.