Derry jump the gun in Patterson swoop
THERE has been confusion over claims Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Patterson has signed for League of Ireland club Derry City on a three-year contract.
It has been widely reported across the Irish Sea that Patterson has completed the move but, in fact, that is not the case.
The 27-year-old has been on a season-long loan to Belfast-based Linfield, the champions of Northern Ireland, since the summer and, therefore, Argyle still hold his registration.
And the Pilgrims have not reached an agreement with any club about a transfer for the Northern Ireland international forward.
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So it seems as though Derry have been premature, to say the least, in suggesting Patterson has signed for them.
Argyle have been involved in some initial talks, but one source told Herald Sport: "It is very, very far from being a done deal."
Derry are the League of Ireland's only participant from Northern Ireland.
So for Patterson to move from Linfield to Derry, an international transfer certificate would be required.
That would mean Argyle recalling him from his loan at Linfield and completing all the relevant paperwork, as well as reaching an agreement with Derry.
However, Argyle would be entitled to refuse any such transfer request as there is no recall clause in Patterson's loan to Linfield.
An added complication is that another Northern Ireland club, Glentoran, have a contractually-binding interest in Patterson.
The striker was signed by Argyle from Glentoran for £40,000 in the summer of 2009, on a two-year contract.
As part of the deal, it was agreed Glentoran would have the first option to re-sign Patterson should he leave the Pilgrims.
So Glentoran will have a say in the future of Patterson, regardless of whether they want him or not.
Patterson signed for Linfield in July and has scored nine goals in 22 appearances during an injury-hit season.
He was ruled out of several matches because of a wrist injury.
A move to Derry would see Patterson much closer to his home in Strabane, in north-west Northern Ireland.
Linfield manager David Jeffrey revealed Derry had first shown interest in Patterson last week, before he scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 Irish Cup win at home to Ballyclare Comrades.
Jeffrey admitted to a sense of 'deep disappointment' that Patterson wanted to leave the Windsor Park club.
But he said: "I fully understand Rory's position and his reasoning.
"Given the contract he was offered and taking into account the sheer practicalities of a lot less travelling, it probably makes sense from Rory's point of view to sign for a team closer to home."
ARGYLE Legends made a winning start to 2012 when they defeated a Liskeard Athletic Select XI 3-2 at Lux Park.
The Legends welcomed back Marcus Crocker, Ryan Cross and Darren Tallon after injury for the game played in memory of former Liskeard chairman Dave 'Ticker' Hick.
Danny O'Hagan put the Legends ahead in only the third minute after a mix-up in the home defence.
Dave Waters equalised in the 18th minute when he slotted the ball under 'keeper Gary Penhaligon.
But Mark Damerell restored the Legends' lead almost immediately with a cross-shot from 25 yards.
Liskeard then drew level on the half-hour when Cross deflected a shot from Dave Wade into his own net.
The Legends had the wind and the slope of the Lux Park pitch in their favour after the interval.
O'Hagan had two headers brilliantly saved, and Cross hit the crossbar, before Tommy Tynan grabbed what proved to be the winning goal in the 70th minute with a fantastic strike from 25 yards.
It was announced after the game that £800 had been raised on the day for Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.
Argyle Legends: Gary Penhaligon, Geoff Battams, Darren Tallon (Andy Duncan 72 mins), Ryan Cross,Leigh Cooper (Spencer Cooper h/t), Paul Smith, Darren Garner, Marcus Crocker, Mark Damerell (Pete Foxwell 85 mins), Tommy Tynan, Danny O'Hagan.
DUE TO a cancellation, the Legends are looking for a game on Sunday, February 19.
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