Wednesday 13 December 2017


McGroary: I'll resurrect career at Derry

DONEGAL lad Brian McGroary hopes he can resurrect his career with Derry City after his move from English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The winger spent three seasons at Molineux but was unable to break into the first team as his time there was hampered by injury, and now his time with Wolves is up as he's just signed a one-year deal with Derry.

McGroary has seen ex-Derry players such as James McClean, Pat McCourt, David Forde and Niall McGinn all go on to have successful careers in Britain -- and also win international caps -- after leaving the Brandywell, and he'd like a taste of the same.

"Everyone I spoke to about the club pointed out that it has a great history of players going back to England or making it in England after two or three years," he said.

"I just turned 19 last week so I think I've got plenty of time as long as I don't have any other setbacks. If I get my teeth into playing here and concentrate on playing with Derry City for a few years, or for whatever amount of time I'm here, then things will go well for me. But my main aim is to get back over to England eventually."

The Donegal town native joined Wolves at 16 but suffered injury woes almost instantly.

"When I turned 16, I moved over to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers and I really enjoyed my football over there and was doing really well," said McGroary. "After about six months, I picked up a bad injury. I didn't think it was that bad initially but I started having setbacks and it turned out that I had inflammatory arthritis, and my joints would swell up after games and training sessions.

"I'd be fine during games but the next day I would be in bits," he added. "I would be alright for another three weeks and then it kept happening and getting worse. I got it sorted and got treatment for about a year now, and I've had no problems for the last six months.

"The amount of training that was going on at Wolves, and the intensity of competing and trying to get into the first team, I thought was too much. So I spoke to a lot of people and thought it was a better option to look back at playing League of Ireland football."

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