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Stewart eyes good reception from Derry City fans

Former Derry City striker Tommy Stewart is hoping the Brandywell crowd will give him a good welcome when he and his new club Shamrock Rovers visit the Lone Moor Road venue tonight in the EA Sports Cup quarter-final.

Stewart, who left the Candystripes last season, has been in top form with the Tallaght men but he knows things are going to be tough this evening.

“I know Derry are flying at the minute, but we are also on a good run ourselves and because of that it’s going to be a big game and we’ll have to be up for it,” he said. “They have started very well in the league and hopefully that can continue so they get promoted.

“As for the fans I would like to think they will give me a good reception, because I always gave my all whenever I put on the Derry shirt, but I play for Rovers now so we’ll have to wait and see.”

The ex-Linfield front man has netted twice for Michael O’Neill’s club and he’s loving life in Dublin, after somewhat of a short and unhappy time in the USA, with his planned move to Carolina Rail Hawks falling through at the last minute.

“Unfortunately things just didn’t work out in North Carolina and when Michael O’Neill got in touch with me I jumped at the chance of coming back and playing for Rovers,” he said.

“I have signed until the end of the season and we’ll see what happens from there.”

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