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“I owe so much to the Port”

MARK Duffy has thanked Southport FC for helping him get his dream move into the Football League.

The 23-year-old finally completed his loan move to Morecambe this week and goes to Christie Park with a view to signing a permanent deal.

Duffy made his debut for the League Two side in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win at Grimsby and claimed an assist for their second goal.

Now, the former Prescot Cables star has praised everyone at Haig Avenue – especially the fans.

Duffy said: “I am really pleased to have finally made the move, obviously it has taken a while to go through but now that it has I am over the moon.

I was having a good time at Southport but obviously it was frustrating that one minute it was happening and the next it was not, I am just happy it is all done and dusted now. The Southport fans seemed to warm to me really quickly and probably looked at Bakes (Carl Baker) and compared the two of us. Both the managers in my time at Southport, Liam and Peter Davenport were great to me and lot of this is down to them.

“Was the transfer saga becoming a bit of a nightmare? I’m not sure about that, but it was certainly frustrating. All the lads at Southport, Liam and Pricey have all been top.

“I noticed the step up in quality when I went in for training on Monday, it was really enjoyable and I loved every minute of it. They are a bunch of top lads, I have not been stitched up by them yet but I am sure they will. Going full-time and playing in the league is everything I wanted to do.”

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