REDS SIGN FORMER DERRY CITY CAPTAIN
Monday Nov 17, 2014
Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law has signed former Derry City skipper Cliff Byrne on non contract terms.
Byrne (pictured in Oldham Athletic colours) started his youth career at Sunderland in 1999 and was loaned out to Scunthorpe United to gain first-team experience.
He became so vital to the Scunthorpe defence that they approached to sign him and made him a permanent player for the Iron and was named as club captain in 2009.
Having had an injury hit season in 2011/12, he was released and was quickly snapped up by Oldham Athletic.
However, after just a few months, and having scored against his old club, Scunthorpe realised their mistake and took him back on loan.
In 2014, new Derry City manager Roddy Collins, who had previously tried to sign Byrne in his younger days, finally got his man.
Following a successful trial with the League of Ireland club Byrne had his contract at Oldham terminated by mutual consent and he was free to sign for Derry. Byrne has appeared at under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, and has a UEFA ‘B’ coaching licence which he gained in 2005.
He had made twenty-one appearances this season and scored one goal early in the campaign against Drogheda United, but was released in September by mutual consent after suffering an injury that he is only just overcoming.