Belfast Telegraph

Martin Paterson aims to bloom in Orlando

By Graham Luney

Martin Paterson will set his sights on a swift Northern Ireland recall after getting his Orlando City career up and running.

The striker hasn't made his competitive debut yet in the States due to a hamstring injury.

Paterson's career has been badly disrupted by injuries, but he's keen to show what he can do in Major League Soccer.

The 27-year-old, who picked up the injury in pre-season, remains in Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill's thoughts even though he has opted to sample life in America.

City coach Adrian Heath says the former Huddersfield Town striker, who joined the club in January, is "getting closer" to making his debut.

Heath's seventh-placed side, who drew 2-2 at home to Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution on Friday, visit DC United today.

Then comes a big game against LA Galaxy at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Sunday.

Orlando, in their first season at the top level of the US game, have won two of their nine games to date. Brazil international Kaka also plays for the club.

Signed from Burnley in 2013, Stoke-born Paterson struggled to make himself a regular in the Town side and a November loan to Fleetwood Town ended early because of injury.

He scored five goals in 25 league appearances for the Terriers.

City moved to sign Paterson on loan until June 30 when the player will become a free agent.

The striker has made 22 Northern Ireland appearances but has not featured in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign to date.

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