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Blues Make Move for Waterford Winger
Thursday, 11th Jul 2013 09:52

Town have made an approach to Waterford United regarding the signing of winger Jack Doherty. At the end of last month, TWTD revealed that the 18-year-old would join the Blues squad during last week's training camp at Carton House in Kildare.

Doherty stayed with squad until last Thursday when he went back to Waterford ahead of their game at Longford.

Blues scouts were at that match, in which Doherty scored from the penalty spot in a 2-1 defeat, and subsequently contacted the Airtricity First Division side about securing the left-sided wideman’s signature.

We understand talks are set to continue later this week with Town likely to have to pay a small fee for Doherty, who is contracted to Waterford until the end of December.

Waterford are currently subject to a winding-up order – relating to wages owed to former manager Stephen Henderson, father of the ex-Town loanee keeper of the same name – and are in no position to turn down an offer. Doherty himself is already acknowledging good luck tweets from friends.

Born in Clonmel, Doherty came through the youth system at Waterford and was promoted to the first team squad in August 2011. Since then he has established himself as a regular member of the senior squad.

Capped by Ireland Schools, Doherty was called up to an Ireland U19 squad for a training camp in Spain in March.

The youngster previously spent time training at Playford Road when a schoolboy and also had trials at Manchester City and Charlton at around the same time.

Tweeting at the end of his few days at Carton House, Doherty said he had enjoyed his time training with the Blues: “Loved it here, great bunch of lads, Ipswich. Good session [this] morning, now home to see a few pals.”

Meanwhile, ex-Town keeper Richard Wright has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Manchester City. The 35-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Premier League side he joined last summer.

Elsewhere, former Blues striker Sam Parkin, 32, has signed for League Two Exeter City having left St Mirren at the end of last season.

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Liastro_3109 added 10:21 - Jul 11
Sounds a promising young player. Seems similar to the type of deals Mick did for the likes of Kightly and Jarvis - plucking potential from the lower leagues hoping that they blossom at Championship level.
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SheffieldBlue1 added 10:32 - Jul 11
Promising young winger, small fee, sounds like a good deal to me.

In other news, how Sam Parkin isn't gathering a living by playing the accordion outside ASDA yet i'll never know.
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Michael11 added 10:40 - Jul 11
I like the sound of this. Small fee for a young player with potential. If it doesn't work out then fair enough we haven't lost much but if it does then we can gain a future star for a small price. Sign him up!
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LDNTractor added 11:00 - Jul 11
He's already confirmed the move on his Twitter account
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HennersITFC added 11:01 - Jul 11
Liastro - Mick didn't hope that they blossomed: he (and his team) carefully watched, selected and trained Jarvis, Kightly et al. until they were ready to step up. Mick is too good a manager to be chancing his arm and just "hoping" that players do well.
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HennersITFC added 11:03 - Jul 11
Having said that I agree that this could potentially be another one of Mick's treasure item finds!
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hadleighboyblue added 11:06 - Jul 11
this has to be the way forward for Town , as we don't seem to have the money for big signings . With MM's good record in finding lower league signings this can only be good for creating a good squad , rather than bringing in too many loan players that are only here short term
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pazelle added 11:10 - Jul 11
Great punt!
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Guru_of_Ipswich added 11:45 - Jul 11
surely that isn't the same Sam Parkin? he must be older than 32!
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runningout added 11:58 - Jul 11
Not sure if it's just me that cringes at the continued licking of MM, and his past good fortune in the transfer market.. although praise maybe good. Can those posting it just hold back a bit, as it's bound to go t*ts up otherwise...
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BlueVelvet added 12:30 - Jul 11
lets hope as he comes from Waterford he turns out to be crystal and not cut glass
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HennersITFC added 12:37 - Jul 11
runningout - if everyone had that attitude then there would be zero posts on every forum. "Sorry, no posting because we're not allowed to show any optimism or enthusiasm!"
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ArnieMsBigToe added 12:52 - Jul 11
LDN Tractor: I do hope you're right. Isn't it great all these young players coming in?
I have never signed up for twitter, I must be too old!!
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Thijssenstricks added 13:11 - Jul 11
Very happy with this. My old Grandad was from Waterford and I was there earlier in the year. I hope he sparkles as good as the crystal from over there.
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bohslegend added 13:31 - Jul 11
Saw him training at Carton House, didn't look out of place at all. Well involved and good feet. Very positive signing all round.
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Cornish_Bluey added 15:45 - Jul 11
Looks like a good signing. sky sports say that bongani khumalo from tottenham is at trial here and is also looking for a loan.
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taylor15 added 16:03 - Jul 11
we have nothing to lose, so go for it!!

next season?

Loach
Hewitt, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell
Anderson, Hyam, Wordsworth, Tabb
McGoldrick, Murphy
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runningout added 16:27 - Jul 11
'HennersITFC' Like optimism like anyone else.. as I'm a grumpy git, I prefer not to extend too much glee, till our team has achieved or got close to our aim
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Seasider added 17:08 - Jul 11
Being a cautious person and a realist, like running out, would prefer to wait at least until season starts before being too optimistic;as have had false dawns in pre-season before.
This would seem to concur with MM's remarks who one of his several strong points being that he keeps his feet firmly on the ground as doesn't hold much store for pre season.
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HennersITFC added 20:15 - Jul 11
Doesn't mean that one can't be enthusiastic Seasider.
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Pip50 added 20:20 - Jul 11
I truly hope he is a good player....this on a day when Swansea and Southampton sign £12m fee players. How far our mighty club has fallen !!
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TimmyH added 22:46 - Jul 11
Partly agree with Pip50 post above but then again it's all about being in the Premiership and that's where ALL the money is especially with BT now getting in on the act for live televised games...just adds to the funding for bigger transfers all round in that league.
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blues1 added 23:02 - Jul 11
pip50. my god, what a daft comment. of course Swansea and sthmpton can pay that kind of money for players, as can Norwich, because they've had or about to have 2nd season in the premier, if any of those clubs had been in the championship for the past few seaons on the trot theyd be in exactly the same position as ourselves. its fair enough for people to be realistic, as am I, not expecting anything in particular for this coming season, but no need to be an eternal pessimist as you are
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Pip50 added 07:04 - Jul 12
What's daft about it...it's fact. I'm fully aware of how the finance works. This is a measure of the gap we are at the wrong end of.
I'm not pessismtic of us competing for mid table!!
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JewellintheTown added 09:28 - Jul 12
@LDNTractor- re: Jack saying on Twitter that he's already signed for us.

I cant see anything on Twitter about him signing, just general banter. What gave you that impression?
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