Melbourne City Sign Damien Duff


Melbourne City FC have signed former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff on a one-year deal for the Hyundai A-League 2014-15 season.

An icon of modern Irish football, Duff made 100 appearances for his country and captained the national team during the UEFA Euro 2012 competition.

At club level, Duff lifted the League Cup with Blackburn Rovers, won two Premier League titles and another League Cup with Chelsea before transferring to Newcastle United and later to Fulham, where he played in the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final.

Head Coach John van’t Schip said Duff’s vast experience in England would be integral to the team and would assist in the development of the squad’s young players.

Van’t Schip said: “We’re excited to have a player of Damien’s quality and experience for this season. We believe he can offer international-standard quality on the pitch and will also be a great professional example for our younger players.”

“His career speaks for itself. He has achieved almost everything at club level and has been a great player at an international level too. He comes to us straight from the English Premier League with Fulham, so he has been playing at the highest level against top teams and top players.

Speaking about his signing, Duff said: “I’m really excited to be joining, they’re a very ambitious club with great plans, and I’m looking forward to winning things at Melbourne City.

“This is a new challenge for me and one I’m very much looking forward to. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a long time playing in the Premier League, which I’ve really enjoyed. This move will be something different for me, and is a very exciting next step.”

“I hope to be able to help Melbourne City win games, and also hopefully I can pass my experience to their younger players. It’s a very exciting project to be involved in, and I’m eager to get started.”

Duff will be Melbourne City’s third visa player for the 2014-15 season, with the Club permitted two more visa players, including an international marquee. He is due to join his new teammates in July.

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