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Published: 15:03 | 13/9/18

EA Sports Cup: McEneff more focused on trophies than future

Derry midfielder Aaron McEneff says victory in Sunday's EA Sports Cup final against Cobh Ramblers would mean a huge amount to him as boyhood supporter of the club.

The 23-year-old, who signed for Derry in 2015 but is out of contract at his hometown club at the end of the season, is determined to win a trophy before he leaves the Brandywell.

"A cup final is a one-off game, it is obviously going to be a great occasion and there is quite a buzz around the city all week," he told LOI Weekly.

"Hopefully, on Sunday the Brandywell will be packed and we get good support and a good atmosphere for the game.

"As a Derryman myself, I supported the club and grew up going to these cup finals, and FAI Cup finals.

"If we could do it on Sunday, it would be brilliant and something I would love to do for the club, the fans and my family.

"It's something I haven't done before, winning a trophy here.

"The preparations have been good. There have been a few lads away for internationals, but the rest of us have been training well, and we'll be ready to go on Sunday."

McEneff, who is Derry's top scorer this season with 14 goals, admits he is unsure where he will be playing his football next year. 

The former Tottenham apprentice has been linked with Championship sides Rotherham United, Bristol City and Wigan Athletic over the previous six months.

"I take one game at a time, and every focus is on Derry City and our next game, which is the cup final on Sunday.

"At the end of the season, I will sit down and see what is happening then. I am out of contract, so I will see how things pan out and take it from there.

"I have had a decent enough season. I set myself targets for goals and I have bettered those targets already.

"I was doing really well at the start of the season and we were winning a lot of games, then maybe gone a bit quiet, but there is a lot to play for before the end of the season."

The EA Sports Cup final between Derry City and Cobh Ramblers at the Brandywell on Sunday, 16 September will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage begins at 3.30pm].

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