JOHN QUIGG begins to reel off a list of names and his pitch increases as he talks about the value of Derry City’s participation in the Ulster Senior League.
Since the Candystripes’ return to the ranks of the USL, there has been a mutual benefit for club and League.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” former Derry and Finn Harps player Quigg told Donegal Sport Hub.
Picture caption: Derry City Reserves manager John Quigg. Picture by Geraldine Diver.
“We’re here for the last ten years and have used the Ulster Senior League as a real benefits.
“The likes of James McClean, Ruairi Harkin, Michael Duffy, who moved across the water or the likes of Rory Holden, Conor McDermott, now in the first team squad, who have all played in the Ulster Senior League.
“It would be a disaster if we lost the Ulster Senior League. If Cockhill went out of football, or even went back to Inishowen League, it would be a disaster. This is the next thing down from the senior football.”
Barry McNamee, Nathan Boyle and Ryan McBride have also come through the USL with Derry and Quigg insists that developing players is their sole aim.
He said: “Derry aren’t in it to win it. We’re in it to move players from A to B. If I never see Conor McDermott again I’ll be happy – that means that my job is done and he’s in the first team doing well.
“It’s to develop players for Kenny Shiels. These boys are in a programme and are training four days a week. We’ll keep it going and hopefully they’ll do well in the Ulster Senior League.”
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