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Sensational David Parkhouse will have plenty of suitors, predicts Derry City boss

UCD v Derry City, Airtricity Premier League, UCD Bowl, Tonight,7.45pm

Derry City ace David Parkhouse.
Derry City ace David Parkhouse.

By Eoin Wilson

Declan Devine admits that teenage striker David Parkhouse will have no shortage of offers come the end of the season.

The 19-year-old, who will lead the line for Derry City at UCD tonight, took his season's tally to 11 goals with his double against Waterford on Monday night, the second of which was a goal of the season contender from 30 yards.

Parkhouse, a Northern Ireland U21 international, is on loan from Sheffield United, and although Devine wants him to stay, he knows the striker will have plenty of options.

"The sky is the limit for David Parkhouse," he said.

"It's what David Parkhouse wants to do come the end of this season, whether he wants to go back to a Premier League club and have a crack at it there - I don't think he'll be struggling for opportunities come the end of this season. He has been sensational."

City head to UCD with a full strength squad, although striker Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe will face a late fitness test.

"You only have to look at the league in the last few weeks to see the unpredictability of it," Devine continued. "We felt extremely disappointed having played UCD in the Brandywell a few weeks ago when we didn't take our chances.

"It will be a very difficult game for us but we're playing some really good stuff. But, as was proven last Friday night, we can't take our eye off the ball for a split second because every single point is crucial."

Meanwhile, Devine has explained the absence of Darren McCauley from the first team at Derry City, insisting he is under no pressure to return to action.

The 27-year-old has made just three appearances since returning to his home town club from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and sat out the last two games.

"Darren is working on his fitness and getting back to where he was," he explained.

"It's just about giving him time and space to get himself fit and not putting him under pressure to put him into the team because he's had such a long time out of the game."

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