Last season proved tough for Duffy to get back to full match fitness, just three months after undergoing life-saving surgery for a lacerated liver sustained while playing a practice match for Ireland's senior squad.
Still, he was left disappointed that his loan spell at Burnley last season was restricted to just one outing. To compound matters, he was axed from the Irish U-19 squad that progressed all the way to the European Championship semi-finals last month.
"I didn't regain the fitness levels I had before the injury and my performances weren't good at all.
"Burnley was the right club to go on loan to, but maybe at the wrong time. I played the full match (against Ipswich) but didn't get in after that."
He added: "The Ireland U-19s turned out to be a real disappointment too. I don't think the manager (Paul Doolin) really fancied me. I felt I was playing well enough (to be picked) but he chooses the squad."
Original Source: Irish Independent
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