Report: Damien Duff to Sign for Shamrock Rovers and Give His Wages to Charity

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterJuly 7, 2015

Ireland's Damien Duff controls the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between the Republic of Ireland and Croatia in Poznan, Poland, Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Antonio Calanni/Associated Press

A nice story, if true, is coming out of Ireland.

According to media outlets in the country, former international Damien Duff is on the brink of signing for Irish top-flight club Shamrock Rovers. 

The Dubliner is one of the greatest footballers the country has ever produced, but Rovers average crowds of only about 3,000, so in normal circumstances, they would never be able to afford a player of Duff's class. 

However, as reported by the Irish Daily Mail (via SportsJoe.ie), a heartwarming compromise might be found: 

Duff will not receive a regular salary at the SSE Airtricity League club, rather the club and sponsors will contribute approximately €1,000 a week to a charity of his choosing.

The 36-year-old is an ambassador for Heart Children Ireland but it is not yet clear if that is the charity that stands to benefit. Duff's son, Woody, was born with a congenital heart defect so HCI is a charity he is passionate in supporting.

Duff starred in the Premier League for a number of seasons for Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham before enjoying a spell in Australia last season.

He was capped 100 times for Ireland.

[SportsJoe.ie]

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