Ruaidhri Higgins became the fifth player to sign for Dundalk ahead of the 2014 season when he put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Oriel Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The 29-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by new Derry City boss Roddy Collins and after turning down moves to Irish League clubs Linfield, Coleraine and Glentoran, in favour of linking up with Stephen Kenny for a third time, he said he was hungry to get going at his new club.
“When I came back from my honeymoon recently I found out that Derry City had other plans”, said Higgins. “When you’re at a club for that length of time you sort of always expect to be there but new managers come in and can change everything up. I hope it’s a blessing for me and I really can’t wait to get going here.
“I had a few chats with Stephen, as well as other clubs, but the group that is here is very exciting and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Higgins said Kenny’s presence was one of the biggest attractions about coming to Dundalk. The Limavady man won two FAI Cup and five League Cup trophies with the Candystripes under Kenny and he said that he could could already see similarities between the manager’s time on the Bogside and his tenure at Oriel Park.
“What Stephen is doing here at Dundalk reminds me of what he did in Derry. When he took over at Derry in 2004 they were just after fighting relegation and he year after that we lost the league title on goal difference.
“In 2006 we lost out on treble by goal difference and we played six games in European competition. He has a track record of doing things like this so obviously he was a huge draw in coming here.”
Higgins feels his attributes will compliment Dundalk’s playing style and he is looking forward to fighting it out with, arguably, the most talented group of midfielders in the country.
“The team is very exciting going onward and hopefully I can add something to the group. There’s a lot of competition for places. My job is to get in the team and stay in it. I’m not here to waste my time, I’m here to be successful.”