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Andy Waterworth: Robbie McDaid will get plenty of stick for joining Linfield, but I expect him to be a major success at Windsor Park

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Robbie McDaid shows off his new Linfield colours at Windsor Park

Robbie McDaid shows off his new Linfield colours at Windsor Park

Robbie McDaid shows off his new Linfield colours at Windsor Park

Linfield legend Andy Waterworth says Robbie McDaid will be targeted by Glentoran boo-boys but he’s backing the striker to silence the haters.

McDaid’s high profile switch across the Big Two divide was confirmed yesterday by the Blues, with the striker agreeing a two-year deal from July 1.

The 25-year-old was forced to train on his own at the east Belfast side after turning down several contract offers at the Bet McLean Oval.

He’s now made a move to Glentoran’s bitter rivals, just like Waterworth did after he scored two goals in an Irish Cup Final win over Cliftonville in 2013.

Waterworth, who may bring the curtain down on his career after leaving Glenavon this summer, felt he suffered more abuse than other players who made the move across Belfast and he’s warned McDaid to use the stick as fuel to taste success.

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Andy Waterworth

Andy Waterworth

Andy Waterworth

“I know when you join your rivals you will get stick but I always felt I got more than other players,” said the Crossgar man who is now head of the Irish FA JD Academy. “Although I expected stick and knew the risks involved it wasn’t a case of me walking out on the club.

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“I took a big gamble, with people expecting me to fail at Linfield. I had a passion and hunger in my stomach to work hard and prove people wrong. At the biggest club in the land I won everything, many times.

“I expect Robbie to do really well. I think you have to have that desire in your stomach and he must have that.

“I’ve done it (the move) myself, I know the feeling and he’s like me, he’s quick, scores goals in big games and likes to run in behind.”

Meanwhile, former Glenavon ace Josh Daniels has joined Welsh side TNS who will face Linfield in a Champions League qualifier.


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