Derry City star Barry McNamee not thinking about cross-channel move

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international had a trial with Nottingham Forest at the beginning of the season, but is focused on helping the Candystripes
Derry City midfielder Barry McNamee has insisted that he is not "hung up" on securing a move to Britain and stressed that his focus remains with the Candystripes.

The 21-year-old midfielder had a trial with English Championship side Nottingham Forest prior to the beginning of the 2013 Airtricity Premier Division season, but a permanent move did not develop. Nevertheless, McNamee remains focused on aiding the fortunes of the Foylesiders.

"It would be nice if a move to a full-time club materialised," he told the Derry Journal. "But I'm not hung up on that.

"At the moment it's all about helping Derry City win matches and while I enjoyed scoring in the last two games, I don't care who scores just as long as we keep winning."

McNamee, who was recently included in a home-based Republic of Ireland under-21 squad by Noel King, has been a regular fixture in Declan Devine's team this season, where he has scored two league goals and the Donegal native has praised the Derry City boss for allowing him the freedom to play.

"I feel I'm playing well as I enjoy getting possession of the ball and trying to move it around. That's my type of game and Declan [Devine] has given me the freedom to do just that," he said.

"I'm really enjoying my football and while we are scoring goals we are conceding very few and that's a great sign.

"I now feel much fitter and more confident having broken into the team last season and I really want that to continue," added the midfielder.

Meanwhile, Derry City manager Declan Devine is hoping to appeal the red card decision that was awarded against Shane McEleney during the Candystripes' 3-1 victory over Dundalk at Oriel Park.

The 22-year-old centre back was sent off after being adjudged to have fouled Lilywhites striker Tiarnan Mulvenna and is facing an automatic one-match ban, which would rule him out of Derry's clash with Shamrock Rovers on April 19.