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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Derry's young guns can follow McClean's path

DERRY City veteran Ger Doherty (right) believes the current crop of Brandywell stars have the potential to follow in the footsteps of successful exports like James McClean - if they match their ability with attitude.

Ex-Derry City lads such as James McClean and Daniel Lafferty have gone on to play at international level and a high level in England after leaving the Brandywell, while David Forde's last game for Derry was in the 2006 FAI Cup final.

And while none of the current bunch are in line for an immediate move abroad, Sunday is a big stage, according to veteran Doherty.

"The quality is there, we have bundles of talent. Someone like Patrick McEleney, if he gets his head down he can walk into any team in England," says Doherty, hoping to win his second Cup medal on Sunday.

"You can see that the boys in this squad are ambitious but they still have a lot to learn. You can see they are improving every year and Mickey Duffy, who has just signed a new two-year deal, is only going to get better.

"If you look at the players who have come through at Derry City, like McClean and Lafferty, these boys can progress. But I don't think they are focused on that, they are just looking to win this Cup final on Sunday.

ABILITY

"The ability in some of the guys is unbelievable, you see them day in and day out. Ability alone doesn't get you to the top, the players who are at the very top are the hardest workers, and maybe the boys here have to realise that too, you don't get it handed to you.

The boys have to learn that they have to work hard to achieve things and push on," added Doherty, who is pleased that a potentially dismal season for the club could end in triumph.

"It was a bit bleak at times there, it has been a tough season, but that's out of the way now and all the focus is on the Cup final," added Doherty.

"Hopefully Sunday can be a great occasion. We had disappointment against Bohs on pemalties in 2008 and success in 2012, but I think we can do it again on Sunday."

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