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Dundalk announce signing of former Derry City striker Junior

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

13:41 24 Feb 2021

Former Derry City centre-forward Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe has signed for the 2020 FAI Cup winners Dundalk, the club has confirmed.

The 26-year-old Londoner is no stranger to the SSE Airtricity League, having scored 14 goals for the Candystripes in the 2019 season.

That saw him finish top of the Premier Division scoring charts.

After a brief spell in Israel at the beginning of 2020, he returned to Ireland for the second half of last season, helping Sligo Rovers to a fourth-place finish which qualified them for European football.

"It’s a league that I know and there will be no surprises but this is a new challenge for me and every club has different expectations and pressures," he told dundalkfc.com.

"Dundalk is a very ambitious club and the aim is to keep winning and achieving more in Europe.

"If you hear that a club like that is interested in you, then it’s really exciting and I’m delighted to be here."

19 July 2019; Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe of Derry City shoots to score his side's first goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Sligo Rovers at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Junior is a well-travelled footballer, from the lower leagues in England to Cyprus.

He trained with the Lilywhites squad on Tuesday and is looking forward to working alongside players he has played against in the past.

"I think I played against Dundalk six times when I was at Derry and each game was very tough so it’s good to be on the other side now," he said.

"I trained with the boys on Tuesday. It was a good session and I enjoyed every bit of it.

"The plan now is to get to know the boys more and see how they play and for them to get to know my strengths.

"We have a lot of attacking threats and options in the squad. We have a lot of different players and I think we will complement each other and make each other better."

Dundalkwill get the new season underway when they play Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers in the Presidents's Cup on Friday 12 March.

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