Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20.55 13 Jan 2021


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Derry City have added proven firepower to their attack by re-signing striker David Parkhouse. 

The 21-year old returns to the Ryan McBride Brandywell where he formed a lethal partnership with Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe while on loan in 2019.

Parkhouse scored 11 times as the Candystripes finished fourth in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. He bagged a total of 19 goals in all competitions.

This time he's back to stay, with Derry handing the former Sheffield United man a three-year contract.

Since his original stay in Derry, Parkhouse has had unsuccessful loans to both Stevenage and Hartlepool.

"I’m delighted to be bringing David Parkhouse back to this club," manager Declan Devine said, "And I’m especially pleased that the player is happy to commit himself to Derry City for at least the next three years.”

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that we want the players who come here to know the club, know the league and be a good fit for Derry City and David brings that in spades.

“Everybody at this football club knows what ‘Parky’ brings to the team.

"He has a real energy and tenacity in his approach to the game. He is well got by the players already here and it will be the same with new players coming in.

“It was clear in our discussions with him that he wants to strive to get better and that is something we intend to do as a whole club.

"This is where David wants to play his football. He loves the club and we love having him here.

"We now have Nathan Gartside, Danny Lafferty, Ciaran Coll, Jack Malone, Eoin Toal and Ronan Boyce on 2 year contracts and David on a 3-year deal. It’s definitely a statement on the direction we’re looking to go."

Parkhouse is delighted to rekindle an old flame, "I had a number of offers and things to consider but this is my hometown club. I love the place to bits and was actually devastated to have to leave in 2019.”

“I trust in what Declan and Paddy are looking to do here 100% and I want to be part of that. It’s why I’ve signed for at least 3 years.”

“The club is ambitious and wants to move forward and I’m the same. I can’t wait to get out there and get started.”

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