Friday, August 6, 2010
Texas native Conor Doyle has signed a contract with English Championship club Derby County that will see the young American at the club through the end of the 2011-2012 season.

The forward had been on trial with the Rams for the last three weeks and impressed head coach Nigel Clough with his play in several friendlies.

Doyle is the son of David Doyle who starred for many years in the now defunct Major Indoor Soccer League. The former Dallas Sidekick was born in Ireland thus qualifying his son for a UK work permit.

Doyle says that his son put pen to paper earlier this morning and will be have an opportunity to feature in Derby's opener on Saturday.

"Conor signed a contract this morning," confirmed the elder Doyle to YA. "It is a two year deal. He was waiting on a form to be sent in from the USSF which they got and he is eligible to be in the squad for tomorrow's match."

The 18 year old is a graduate of McKinney High School in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and was slotted to play this fall at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska before impressing Clough and company.

Derby will hope to improve on last season's 14th place finish in the Championship when they start their 2010-2011 campaign versus newly promoted Leeds United.