O'Neill confirms Dundalk star has chosen Republic over Northern Ireland

The Derry native hailed Michael Duffy as “exceptionally talented”.

Michael Duffy (file pic).
Michael Duffy (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

MARTIN O’NEILL HAS confirmed that Dundalk winger Michael Duffy has chosen to declare for the Republic of Ireland.

The 24-year-old lined out for both the Republic and the North at underage level, featuring for the latter more recently.

Duffy was not included in the Republic’s squad for upcoming games against Northern Ireland and Denmark, as he is waiting for the necessary paperwork to be finalised to confirm his switch.

This latest news comes on the back of an excellent season for Duffy, who O’Neill today described as “exceptionally talented” and suggested he would have been named in the squad if he was currently eligible. The ex-Celtic youngster was an integral part of the Dundalk side that have just completed a league and cup double.

He scored 13 goals in the league and was recently one of three Dundalk players nominated for the PFAI Premier Division Player of the Year.

“Young Duffy is hoping to come through,” O’Neill said at a press conference in Dublin today.

“The paperwork is there. He’s chosen to play for us, which is great. I think he’s an exceptionally talented player.

“I enjoyed the [FAI Cup final] immensely — there was a little bit of friction, which added to the occasion. A really good crowd at the game, it could have gone either way. And I enjoyed it immensely.”

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