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Monday 18 December 2017

Damien Duff: I'm coming home to play in the League of Ireland because I miss the rain

Melbourne City striker David Villa celebrates with Damien Duff after scoring against Sydney FC
Melbourne City striker David Villa celebrates with Damien Duff after scoring against Sydney FC

IRELAND hero Damien Duff (36) is coming home to play in the League of Ireland and admits he “misses the rain”.

The soccer star has confirmed his intention to return from Australia this summer.

The ex-Irish international’s stay with Melbourne City has been curtailed by injury. City wants him to stay, but Duff told RTE’s Soccer Republic last night that he is sticking with his plan to relocate to Ireland with his family.

The Rathfarnham footballer said that he intends to find an SSE Airtricity League club at that juncture.

“People are probably sick of me saying that but I’ll be home at the end of April, early May and I’ll be looking for a job,” said Duff, who went on to state his preference for the “wind and rain” of Ireland over Australia’s heat.

“I’ve played in games over here in 40 degree heat and after 20 minutes you’re ready for the game to finish,” he said. “So I think at times like that you miss the rain and the snow and the wind.”

The former Chelsea star is set to join a growing contingent of players with Irish caps plying their trade on home soil.

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