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Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is back with Derry City. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is back with Derry City. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

©INPHO/Evan Logan

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is back with Derry City

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is back with Derry City

©INPHO/Evan Logan

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Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe is back with Derry City. Credit: INPHO/Evan Logan

Derry City boss Ruaidhri Higgins is hoping that Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe will be available for tonight’s game against Waterford at the Brandywell.

Higgins has had an extremely busy week and could present an entirely new attacking line-up after also bringing Jamie McGonigle in from Crusaders.

Junior, who won the Golden Boot in his first season at the club back in 2019, has since had spells had fellow League of Ireland clubs Sligo Rovers and Dundalk.

He has now returned to the Brandywell on loan from Oriel Park until the end of the season and is looking forward to picking up where he left off.

“It’s a place where I really enjoyed playing my football,” Junior said.

“The fans were terrific so I’m happy to be here.

"I always liked how the team scored goals and get the three points so hopefully there can be more of that this time around.”

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The timing of the new arrivals could not be better for Higgins with City hoping to end a barren run of nine home games this season without a win.

They lost 2-1 at Dundalk last week, but face a rejuvenated Waterford side who will be hoping to repeat their win at the Brandywell back in April.

“We have to come with the right application,” Higgins said. “I didn’t think we started the game well enough last week and we got punished for it, so we have to learn from our mistake and I’m sure we will.

“You can’t flick a switch, you have to start a game well and build momentum from it. In fairness to our players, we have started a lot of games well this year; that was just a bump in the road and we move on.

"We’ll be aggressive in our approach to the game and we’ll try and play on the front foot and pick up three points.

“Waterford have improved a lot and we have to respect that.”


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