Derry City star Michael Duffy is now set to stay at the Brandywell for the forthcoming season after it was revealed he is almost certainly not returning to Celtic for a third trial.
This news comes after it was confirmed that Duffy and teammate Patrick McEleney were both on trial at Brentford recently.
Speaking to the Derry Journal, Duffy told of how he felt he did well in his recent trial with the Glasgow club but it looks as though he is not going to be heading back to Scotland.
“The Celtic manager watched me training and with the game against Newcastle having been recorded, I don’t see why he would want me over again.
“I trained well and scored two goals in the 3-1 win at Newcastle, so I was very happy with the trial. I don’t think I need to go over again.”
This news will come as a welcome boost for manager Peter Hutton, having already lost the services of striker Rory Patterson last week.
Duffy was on target for the Candystripes 13 times in the league last season, despite Derry finishing in a lowly eight position in the table. His talent in front of goal will be crucial if Derry are to improve on their results from last year.
At 20 years of age it is likely there will be a number of other clubs interested in the youngster in the near future but for now at least, it looks as though the Brandywell club will be holding onto one of their up and coming stars.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena