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New face: Jake Dunwoody has joined Derry City until the end of the season

New face: Jake Dunwoody has joined Derry City until the end of the season

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New face: Jake Dunwoody has joined Derry City until the end of the season

Derry City's newest signing has credited James McClean for his move to the Brandywell.

Jake Dunwoody, formerly captain of Stoke City's Under-23s, left the Potters just three weeks ago to search for first-team football and has ended up at the Candystripes at the urging of Republic of Ireland midfielder McClean, who put him in touch with City boss Declan Devine.

The 21-year-old has signed with Derry until the end of the season, and he thanked McClean for helping him get the move.

"He sent me a text saying that Derry were interested and it would be a good experience over there with the European games as well," he explained.

"He said it was a tough league as well. I got in touch with Paddy and the gaffer and we had a really good chat. We sorted a few things out and I was on a flight the next day.

"Because I've been in and around the first team at Stoke, I've trained with him a lot of times. I went on pre-season with him and spoke to him before. I get on well with him and it was nice of him to recommend me to Derry. That's nice to know that."

Dunwoody is taking a step into the unknown with a move to the League of Ireland but he is confident he can adapt.

"I didn't know much about it but I've done my research and I've been told it's a tough league," he continued. "You don't have a lot of time on the ball. It's physical, which I have got no problem with because I've been on loan with Leek and Curzon, which is Conference North, and that was tough. That experience there has set me in good stead.

"For me, it's about trying to play as many games as I can."

Dunwoody was one of two new faces unveiled yesterday, with former Cardiff City striker Ibrahim Meite also signing until the end of the season.

Belfast Telegraph