Conor McDermott was one of Derry;s standout performers last season, breaking through from the reserve team to win Northern Ireland U-21 honours in the first couple of months
The youngster has had a troubled pre-season, straining a hip flexor at the start of the build up to the new campaign and has only returned to action as City wrapped up their preparation.
Speaking this week McDermott admitted
“I got injured on the first day, back training fully and now I’ve got a few games”
“I am hoping to start every game and hope to keep the performances up like last season. I want to keep my place in the team”
“You have to keep on performing to improve. European football will be a lot more tactical and a lot better than what we are used to, depending on how we get in the draw”
“We think we exceeded expectations last season, the manager is looking for top four and maybe even get a bit of silverware.
Looking ahead to the opener against Bohemians, McDermott pointed to the fact that City had beaten Bohs four times last year but that each of those games was a close contest:”
“It is a tough place to go. We played them four times last season and beat them four times, but each time it was a difficult game, a 1-0 or 2-0.”
With the progression last season, McDermott has appeared on the radar of clubs elsewhere in the UK and admitted that like most of the young players, they see the League as a shop window to sign a professional contract in England or Scotland
“I would love to get to England. It’s a career and a better quality of life over there”