Championship club Scunthorpe Utd have signed Everton defender , Republic of Ireland U-21 international, Shane Duffy on loan in an initial one-month deal.
The 19-year-old centre-back is currently on international duty with Republic of Ireland U21s, with whom he has won two caps.
Duffy began his career in Ireland with Foyle Harps before joining Everton in November 2008. He has had a previous short loan move to nearby Burnley but did not play for their first team.
Duffy is looking forward to his loan move, in an attempt to gain additional experience, before returning to Everton.
He had this to say on his Twitter account @shaneduffy34 : “Delighted to be going to Scunthorpe for some games! The deal is for a month at the moment but it cud be extended until January!”
SportsNewsIreland readers will recall that Duffy suffered a freak injury after colliding with goalkeeper Adrian Walsh , whilst playing for the Republic’s U-21 side against an Irish Amateur XI which almost resulted in the Derry youngster losing his life.
“Shane was very frightened. He thought he was going to die,” said the Republic’s team doctor Alan Byrne.
“There was 3.6 litres of blood in his abdomen that had leaked from an artery, and he had received over 20 units of blood.
“You are pouring it in one way and it is leaking out the other way.
“All you can do at that stage is put as much fluid in as you can because you are trying to keep the circulation going to the brain and to the heart.”
Dr Byrne said he knew within seconds of attending Duffy that he was dealing with a serious injury.
“On Friday night, we weren’t talking about football, we were talking about would this young boy survive, would he live?” He later underwent extensive surgery in Dublin.
Despite that serious injury and setback, Duffy has made an excellent recovery and has been playing as well as ever for the Everton reserve sides. He does however need much more first team experience and this he should get at Scunthorpe.