Damien McCrory moves to Burton Albion
Former Republic of Ireland under-19 defender Damien McCrory has joined Burton Albion from Dagenham and Redbridge.
The 22-year-old left-back signed for Dagenham in February 2010 from Plymouth Argyle, and made 79 league appearances during three seasons, winning the League Two playoff along the way. The Limerick-born defender also spent time on loan at Port Vale and Grimbsy while at Plymouth, but never appeared for his parent club despite being in Ireland’s under-18 and under-19 squads at the time.
McCrory is Gary Rowett’s third signing of the summer. “First and foremost he’s got good experience at our level and at the level up,” Rowett told the club’s official website. “He played 40 odd games for Dagenham in League One and he played in their play-off final win as well. He fits the bill of the type of player I’m looking for, he’s young and hungry. We want some really good competition down that left side. He can play in left midfield as well so it gives us that little bit of flexibility I’m looking for in certain areas.”
McCrory is happy to play in either position for the Brewers, who finished in 17th last season: “I’m 22 and I want to impress next season and do my thing on the pitch. Originally I was a left midfielder but I’ve been playing left back for the last three years. I would say I’m attacking but I do like to defend. I quite fancy a free kick around goal as well. That’s what I bring to the table, I’m looking forward to next season and I’m looking forward to the fresh start.”