Thursday, June 14, 2012

Former Saint Ged eyeing international call

FORMER TNS keeper Gerard Doherty has caught the eye of new Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill, who admits the Derry City gloveman is a candidate for an international call-up in the not too distant future.

O’Neill says that Doherty may have been in his squad for the Norway game last night, if he was not currently in pre-season with his club.
“Gerard Doherty is someone I have spoken to and he is very much on the radar," said O'Neill to the Londonderry Sentinel.
“What counted against him this time is that Derry City are still in pre-season whereas the three goalkeepers I have named in my squad are all playing first-team football at the minute.”
As for Doherty he admits a call-up would be nice: “Of course I want international recognition, because whenever you see boys getting away and boys doing so well for their clubs and then getting that recognition, then it’s always something to aim for and always something any player would want to do," he said.
“I think from last year I think Michael knows what kind of a player I am and what I’m capable of and I think there are a few players here that are definitely at the back of his mind.
“You can understand why he hasn’t put me in the squad for tonight’s game because I haven’t played competitive games apart from the two Setanta Cup matches, but as I have said hopefully he will be down at the Brandywell in the early part of the season and then we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Doherty made 146 Welsh Premier appearances for TNS after arriving from Derby County in 2001.
He also produced two widely-acclaimed performances against Liverpool in the 2005/6 Champions League, also winning three Welsh Premier titles and both FAW Premier Cup and Welsh Cup winners' medals before moving back to Derry in January 2008 after seven seasons with the Saints.

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