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  • Nicky Low Set to Return to Derry City On Loan

    • By TheDarkBlues
    • 23rd January 2018, 5:07 pm

    Nicky Low looks to be heading back to Northern Irish club Derry City on a six month loan.

    The 26 year-old midfielder met up with his City team mates yesterday ahead of the clubs four day pre-season trip to Dublin yesterday. It looks likely that he will complete another 6 months loan with Derry City, after agreeing the six month loan deal from his parent club Dundee FC.

    The Ex-Aberdeen midfielder was hugely popular with the 'Candy Stripes' in his first stint with the side, and has vowed that they haven't seen the best of him yet as he looks forward to getting back playing in the Airtricity Premier League campaign.

    Low has since become a fans favourite with the Irish side in his first full season in the League of Ireland football last year. Low picked up Player Of The Year & Players player of the year awards as well as many man of the match awards.

    Low's contract with Dundee football club finishes at the end of the season, however has refused to discuss his plans until the end of his current City loan deal is completed. He stated that is delighted to be back with Kenny Shields side and is excited about at the newly refurbished Brandywell Stadium.

    “It’s good to be back,” said a delighted Low who arrived in Derry on Sunday night. “We’ve been in talks a few weeks now so I’m just glad to get it done this week.

    I had a few offers after having a decent season last year and I just took my time to go over them and concentrated on what was best for me."

    Nicky Low's spell at Dundee was plagued by injury and illness and had to undergo an operation to fix an issue with his ankle.

    “When I left Aberdeen a few years back to go to Dundee, it didn’t work out with injuries and I was playing out of position. Sometimes you just don’t enjoy football and especially when I was injured. It just didn’t work out with Dundee and I came to Derry where I enjoyed my time and played regularly. The fans seem to like me too.

    “I said to my agent when he was talking to clubs to stop and let’s get a deal with Derry done again because I knew Kenny was interested and that’s why it took a bit longer.

    “I’m settled here and while there’s a few new signings I need to get to know, I know most of the lads and the people working at the club and I know the league.

    “This year I feel there’s more to come,” he insisted. “Last year was the most games I’ve played in the one season, so it was good to get that experience again and hopefully I can kick on this year.”

    “I’m looking forward to getting back to the Brandywell. I’ve not played a competitive game there so I’m really looking forward to that. The pitch is 3G so you can pass the ball well and it will suit us.

    “It should be big for the community as well and all the fans and hopefully we get a big turnout this season for the home games. Hopefully the new Brandywell will get the fans back out.”

    Nicky Low is probably best remembered for that perfect delivery in which Hemmings scored in the 2-1 defeat against Hearts.

    However, most Dee fans will remember Nicky Low's altercation with Guy Demel in the 2 - 1 New Year's win against Dundee United in 2016. Demel was sent off after a second yellow offence for bringing down the diminutive midfielder, not before the United midfielder had kneed Low in the leg in an off the ball incident which went unspotted by the official.

    We would like to wish Nicky all the best for the future, as I doubt we will see him in a Dundee strip again after the season ends.

    Photo courtesy of: Derek Gerrard Photography

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