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Curtis is eyeing a golden Brandywell farewell ahead of big Pompey move


By Eoin Wilson

Ronan Curtis is hoping to help Derry City get back to winning ways in what will be his Brandywell farewell against Sligo Rovers tonight.

The 22-year-old will complete his move to Portsmouth next weekend, but in the meantime he will remain with the Candystripes for games against Rovers, Cork City and Bohemians.

However, tonight will be his last game at the Brandywell before leaving for Pompey and he is hoping to go out with a bang in front of the Derry City fans.

"It's a bit upsetting but I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"I'm going to miss my home town and it's going to be a sad night for me, my fans and my family.

"They have been so good to me here, the supporters, manager Kenny Shiels, the staff, everyone has just been unbelievable and I can't thank them enough really."

Curtis has scored seven goals this season, and 22 in 101 appearances for Derry, and he admitted he is desperate to score on his Brandywell farewell tonight.

"I've got so many good memories here," he continued. "Being out on that pitch, it's been amazing.

"It has been an amazing journey so far, I've learned a lot here. I've become a bigger and better player since I joined Derry back when I was 17.

"I've done really well and taken my chance, but it all comes down to Kenny as well because he gave me my chance and I took it."

After going 10 games unbeaten earlier in the season, Derry have really struggled for form, with last week's 4-0 defeat at Waterford the latest in a number of recent heavy losses.

Curtis' future lies away from Derry, but he is hoping to go out on a winning note with the Candystripes tonight.

"Friday is a big day for me and the fans and my family so I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully I can give them something back," he stated.

"I said that as long as I'm here, I'm going to give 120% for Derry.

"We just need to turn it around now and hopefully I can go out with a bang on Friday so the fans have something to remember me by.

"We really do need to pick up points now because we have three big games coming up."

Derry City

Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricity Premier Division

Brandywell, Tonight, 7.45pm

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