Latest Aileach FC signing Denver Kelly says he 'couldn't be in a better place' than back playing with his boyhood club.

The Burnfoot man, 19, played underage at the Inishowen League club before moving on to Derry City's youth set-up in 2015.

He played exclusively with his college side Maynooth last year, but having gotten the first year of his business studies degree under his belt, the talented central midfielder now feels he can devote his time to his native club.

He told the Inish Times: "Last year I just couldn't do it, but this year I'm going to try and make it work. I'll not be able to train with the lads during the week, but I'll be travelling up and trying to get to as many games as I can.

"Aileach had a really good season last year and they'll be hoping to make a push for the league title, and it's great to be a part of that."

Kelly - brother of Dundalk striker Georgie -  played in their two league cup group games, and he says the squad are now looking forward to getting their premier division campaign started this Sunday away to Carn.

"We've already got ourselves into a cup semi-final so hopefully we can go on and reach the final," he said.

"The Carn match will be a good test for us because in this league anyone can do well and there are no easy games.

"But things are going well. Tony (O'Carroll) has come in as manager and he's fitting in well with us, and David McGeady (last year's manager) is still involved in the coaching.

"I'm really happy to be out there - I couldn't be in a better place."

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