U17 soccer international opts for GAA

Updated: November 20, 2011

IFA Championship One side Dergview will have to do without the services of highly rated midfielder Johnny Lafferty, as the skilful Strabane man has opted to focus on gaelic football, rather than soccer.

The tall midfielder has reportedly been included in the County Tyrone panel by manager Mickey Harte and according to the BBC has left the Castlederg club.

Lafferty, who is a former Northern Ireland under 17 international, will miss the remainder of Dergview’s season, in order to concentrate on his county’s campaign.

The 24 year old Strabane native was heralded locally as a talent and had trials with clubs in England before signing with League of Ireland team Finn Harps.

He signed for Dergview in the 2010/11 season and was rumoured to be linked with a host of top Irish clubs, but it seems that his love of GAA has determined his immediate career.

Dergview currently sit in tenth position in the IFA Championship One, and having lost their League Cup quarter final to Premier Division outfit Ballymena United, manager Harry McConkey will certainly be disappointed to lose his talismanic midfielder.

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