‘Between the Stripes’ can today confirm the departure of striker Daryl Carrigy from Longford Town FC. While unannounced as of yet by any parties, “BTS” can reveal that the former Derby County reserve team player has signed for local rivals Athlone Town.
Having returned home last year following an unsuccessful spell at the Ipro Stadium, local lad Carrigy was signed up by manager Tony Cousins for the 2015 season. Prior to signing on with his local club last season, Carrigy in fact went on trial with, the then First Division outfit, Finn Harps and impressed greatly during his fortnight long stay with the Donegal club. However, the lure of home was too much to resist for the youngster as he put pen to paper with “De Town’s” senior side while also making himself available for the under-19’s.
A number of brief pre-season appearances were to follow for Carrigy but he failed to make a lasting impression on Town boss Cousins. Under 19’s football was left as the only lasting option of game time for the then eighteen-year-old and despite some impressive performances they were again not enough to force a senior team break for Carrigy.
With highly rated youngster Karl Chambers breaking into the ranks this pre-season, combined with the fact Tony Couins has made some high profile forward line additions in Josh O’Hanlon and Lee Duffy, Carrigy has been told by the Town boss he would not see much if any game time in 2016. Despite delivering that disappointing news to the local striker, Tony Cousins is believed to have been a driving force in setting up a deal with Athlone for Carrigy, who will be hoping his big break comes at Lissywoolen.
Former Longford manager Alan Mathews is believed to be an admirer of Carrigy’s potential and with a very small budget to work off this season, the transfer is a big plus for everyone involved. Should the Moydow man impress at the home of Longford’s great rivals it may encourage Tony Cousins to have a rethink about Carrigy, who at the age of just nineteen still has many years ahead of him in the League of Ireland.
With the “Blue and Black” Midlands outfit due to visit City Calling Stadium in a fortnights time for a pre-season friendly, it will be interesting to see if Carrigy’s name appears on the team sheet as a positive performance against his local club would be as good an opportunity as any to show Tony Cousins he still has the hunger and desire to work on and improve his game.
Should he come through pre-season fit and firing, Carrigy could make his senior League of Ireland debut away to Cabinteely on March 4th while the Longford youngster will have his first chance to win over the Athlone faithful a week later when Mathews former club Shelbourne come to town.