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Talking to Paddy McCourt made my Derry switch a simple choice, says new signing Joe Thomson



Signed up: Joe Thomson

Signed up: Joe Thomson

Signed up: Joe Thomson

Derry City's newest signing has revealed that Paddy McCourt was the reason he left Scotland to move to the Brandywell.

Former Celtic youngster Joe Thomson yesterday penned an 18-month contract with the club and admits the influence of former Hoops star McCourt sold the Candystripes to him.

"I'm really looking forward to it," says the 23-year-old. "It's a new chapter. I've played all of my football in Scotland but I spoke to Paddy McCourt a number of times and he made me feel wanted here. I'm just looking to get back after everything that has gone on and hopefully I can help the team to success this season."

Thomson will move his family to Derry as he eyes long-term success with his new club.

"You have got to be all in when you take on a new challenge," he adds. "There's no point in me coming over here and having half my head here and half my head back home so we'll all get settled in and hopefully get something sorted out.

"I've been told the league is a very good standard here and that there is a lot of good football played here compared to some of the leagues back in Scotland, and that was obviously something which appealed to me."

City manager Declan Devine was pleased to secure Thomson's signature.

"He is a player who we have known for quite a while and a player who we think will be a great addition for us going forward," said Devine, who also confirmed the extension of winger Stephen Mallon's loan from Sheffield United

"The lockdown came at the wrong time for Stephen, because he really was getting up and going with his goals," he added. "I'm delighted we were able to work with Sheffield United to extend his loan."

Belfast Telegraph