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New boy Dennehy set to boost Derry

By Colin Speer

Published 28/08/2008

Derry City’s new recruit Billy Dennehy may get his first taste of the famous Brandywell faithful as early as tomorrow night’s derby against Finn Harps.

The talented left winger has signed a one-and-a-half year deal with the Candystripes and is relishing playing in front of the home fans.

“It’s widely acknowledged that Derry have the best supporters in the league, they always get behind the team, both at home and away and it’s great to join a club with that kind of support,” said the Tralee man.

“I came up last week for a few days training and thank God everything went well and the manager sat down and told me he’d like to have me here.

“Derry are one of the best clubs in the league, without a doubt, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

“I’d be hoping to break into the team as soon as possible. Training’s been going well in the last week or two. They have a great team and a great squad here. All I can do is keep my head down and work hard and give the manager one or two headaches when he’s picking the team.”

As for his new boss, Stephen Kenny, it’s a case of him finally getting his man.

The Dubliner was tracking the 21-year-old when he was manager at Dunfermline Athletic, but he opted against signing the winger after holding talks with Sunderland boss Roy Keane.

“I was aware of Billy because he was in the Republic of Ireland Under-18s and when I was at Dunfermline I needed a left-sided player at the time,” he recalled.

“I spoke to Roy Keane about him and Roy liked him but thought he might struggle at that level, so I brought in Adam Hamill from Liverpool and I just followed Billy’s progress from then on.

“We can’t sign anyone at the moment because we’re out of the window but he’s an out of contract player so we’re able to sign him.”

Next month sees the Setanta Sports Cup begin again and in September Derry have a number of other big games coming up.

Belfast Telegraph

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