Davy McDaid aiming to be his own man after sealing big move to Cliftonville

Davy McDaid (left) celebrates with Joe Gormley (right) after Gormley's winning goal against Portadown on Wednesday
Davy McDaid (left) celebrates with Joe Gormley (right) after Gormley's winning goal against Portadown on Wednesday

New signing Davy McDaid doesn’t believe he is under any added pressure to deliver goals at Cliftonville.

McDaid signed a three-year deal with the champions on Monday evening after securing a move from Coleraine.

The 23-year-old instantly endeared himself to the Reds faithful in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Portadown – teeing up Joe Gormley for the only goal of the game.

The former Derry City forward admits he is excited by the challenge that lies in wait, while the club’s fans are already comparing him to former talisman Liam Boyce.

Boyce sealed a move to Scottish Premiership side Ross County back in June.

The Northern Ireland striker had formed a formidable partnership with Gormley during his time at Solitude, scoring 127 goals between them in two seasons.

It helped Cliftonville record back-to-back titles for the first time in the club’s history, transforming Tommy Breslin’s squad into instant legends.

Many supporters are viewing McDaid as a ready made replacement for Boyce, but the new arrival has tempered any rash comparisons.

“I am my own player, and I am confident my style of football will suit Joe,” McDaid said.

“I’m confident we can strike up a good understanding. Joe likes running in behind and I like the ball to feet, so I believe we can link up well.”

“I don’t think you can compare Liam and me, simply because we are different types of player.

“The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself,” he said. “You cannot compare Liam and me. We are different types of players.”

McDaid admits he has enjoyed a relatively seamless transition into life at his new club.

“Things happened very quickly, but it was great to settle in so quickly and help Cliftonville get an important win,” said McDaid.

“I’d only trained half an hour with the lads, but I felt right at home and it was great to link up with Joe.”

McDaid primary focus is helping Cliftonville claim more silverware this season.

“When I was told Cliftonville were interested, I was excited,” he said.

“There’s so much quality in the squad. It is an exciting challenge for me.

“I want to be successful in my career and I know I will challenge for major honours here. That’s the main reason I wanted to join Cliftonville.”

Next up for the Reds is a return to Drumahoe to face Premiership new-boys Institute.

Paul Kee’s Stute have claimed four points from two games to sit joint top of the table.

“People probably wrote off Institute at the start of the season, but they have started well and they will be no pushovers,” added McDaid.

“It will be a really tough game at Drumahoe.”