Damien Duff signs for Shamrock Rovers

Duff ending his career in Ireland
Duff ending his career in Ireland

Damien Duff has fulfilled the final ambition of his soccer career after he completed a move back to his homeland to sign for Shamrock Rovers.

In a deal being hailed as one of the highest profile signings made by a League of Ireland club in recent years, former Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham winger Duff has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal to play for Pat Fenlon's side.

“I’m very excited to have signed for the club," Duff told the Shamrock Rovers website. “It’s great to have it all finalised and now I’m just really looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

“I’ve always said that I wanted to come back and play in Ireland. Not only do I get the chance to do that, but I get to do it at the biggest club in the country. I am as excited about this move as I have been about any in my career.

“I left Ireland 20 years ago to go and make a career as a footballer and so now it’s great to be back. I am definitely not just here to see out my time as a player; I intend to make a positive contribution to Shamrock Rovers and to the league.”

Duff is currently nursing an injury and is unlikely to be up to full speed until next month at the earliest, but his presence in Rovers green will add a touch of star quality for the League of Ireland cast line in the next year and a half.

The Dubliner played 100 times for the Republic of Ireland before calling time on his international career at the end of the Euro 2012 finals.