CONOR Tourish says the approach from Derry City Reserves to this season’s Ulster Senior League will be in keeping with the traditions of the Brandywell club.
In recent seasons, the likes of Barry McNamee, Ryan McBride, Ryan Curran, Michael Duffy, Georgie Kelly and Ronan Curtis have all progressed to the City first team squad with Duffy since moving to Celtic.
Letterkenny man Tourish is one of the latest batch of Candystripes seeking to make the breakthrough.
Picture caption: Conor Tourish (second from right) with fellow USL players Jimmy Bradley, Dan O’Donnell, Davitt Walsh, Aidan McLaughlin and Laurence Toland. Photo courtesy of Stephen Doherty.
“There’s great tradition here in Derry and if you’re good enough here you’ll definitely get a chance,” he told Donegal Sport Hub.
“A lot of players have progressed into the first team from playing in the Ulster Senior League so this is a great stepping stone.
“You’re up against more senior players so it’s a great learning curve. They like us to play football the right way here in Derry. We might not match teams with certain things, but football-wise we do.”
Tourish has been in training with Derry’s first team squad over the last month.
He said: “The training here is just unbelievable. You go to watch the games and see them play, but it’s a big difference actually being in around training with the boys.
“The most important thing for us is progressing players through to the first team now.”
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