Ireland next port of call for Melbourne City's Duff

Former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff has repeated his desire to finish his career in Ireland, explaining that he will be seeking a new club when he returns home at the end of April.

The 36-year-old is still contracted to Melbourne City having joined the club in June on a one-year deal, but his season came to a premature end through injury and he has already set his sights on joining a new club in Ireland. 

"The only flight I’ll be taking now is back to Dublin,” Duff told RTE. “I’ve enjoyed Australia but I think Ireland will be my next port of call.

"People are probably sick of me saying it (finishing his career in Ireland) but, yeah I’ll be home now in the summer, end of April early May, and I’ll be home for good then, so I’ll be looking for a job, so that’s the plan." 

Duff made 15 league appearances for City before rupturing a calf tendon and sustaining ankle ligament damage in a game against Wellington Phoenix in February.

The two-time Premier League title winner described his experience in Australia as a positive one and said that he always wanted to try his luck further afield before bringing the curtain down on his career. 

"It’s been great. I always wanted to do something like that, whether it be the States or Oz just to go travel for a year," Duff added. 

"Obviously play football, but that’s out the window now so I will be travelling. But I always wanted to try a year abroad somewhere before I went home and I’m doing that now, ticked the box and, yeah, as I said, home is the next port of call."