Duff determined to succeed at Melbourne City

Fulham’s Australian assistant coach Scott Miller says new Melbourne City signing Damien Duff is heading down under to be successful.

City captured the Fulham winger on a free transfer and signed him to a one-year deal.

Duff, who has enjoyed a long career in the English Premier League, had been with the Cottagers since 2009.

Miller, who knows the Irish international well, described it as a great move for the 35-year-old.

“We spoke about it at length and I encouraged him,” Miller said.

“He still has a lot to give and I believe the Melbourne City players will learn a lot from his professionalism and experience.

“Damien is a superb player technically, however his work rate and desire are astounding.

“He will not move to the A-League and treat it with no respect. His ambition in the A-League is to be successful.”

Duff played 100 times for Ireland and featured in World Cups and European championship campaigns.

He won the Premier League title during his time with Chelsea and also has Champions League experience.

Last season he made 18 appearances for Fulham but missed the last 11 matches of the 2013/14 campaign with a knee injury.

Miller says the attacker is still up to it physically and has done his homework on the A-League.

“He's recovering from the injury he sustained during the season,” Miller added.

“However his desire to continue playing will drive him. There’s no doubt he will make an impact in the A-League.

“He's a Premier League player, mobile, quick and very intelligent. I'm sure fullbacks will have a task on their hands when faced with Damien.

“It's funny actually, he was researching it so much before he made his decision he was educating me about players.”