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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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