Adam Hammill was widely predicted to be the next big thing at Anfield, with the attacking midfielder-turned winger having been an integral part of the 2006 FA Youth Cup winning side. However, despite some initial promise, the Seaforth-born player has so far failed to fulfil his early potential. Having spent time in the English Football League, the Scottish Premiership and the National League, the 32-year old now finds himself at the Brandywell Stadium.
Hammill's most productive spell came at Oakwell, where he played a vital role in helping Barnsley return to the Championship. He claimed to be 'really really gutted' that he wasn't offered a chance to return to South Yorkshire and since his departure, he's been unable to lay down roots at either St.Mirren, Scunthorpe or Stockport County.
The former Blackpool and Middlesbrough loanee is now determined to prove people wrong, and the early signs are extremely promising. He came off the bench to net against Cork City, and although, as of September 19th, he hasn't been able to add to his solitary strike, he has managed to get himself into some good goal-scoring positions, and it surely won't be long until he's back on the score-sheet. As a result of the delayed restart, the League of Ireland is still playing catch-up, and with the fixtures coming thick and fast throughout October, the Red and White Army will have fancy their chances of continuing their unbeaten run.
Although the arrival of Hammill will undoubtedly create some extra interest in the top flight, a large percentage of Irish football fans tend to support clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United. The majority of Irish bookmakers will also prioritize competitions such as the Premier League with the Champions League and Serie A also featuring prominently. Online betting is flourishing, and as a result, several online casinos and bingo sites have diversified, and now offer their players a chance to wager on their favorite leagues and competitions. The Lottoland launched Sportsbook is one such example, and having teamed up with Malta-based provider Altenar, customers will now have the chance to bet on the likes of Derry City and Dundalk alongside the European heavyweights such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Unfortunately, the winger won't be playing Europa League football this season with Declan Devine's side having crashed out at the hands of Lithuania's FK Riteriai at the end of August. However, the new arrival will be hoping to fire his side back into the competition next season.
The Candystripes are incredibly tough to beat, although they've drawn far too many games this season. With six matches in 28 days throughout October, Devine's men must start collecting maximum points if they wish to keep their faint hopes of European football alive.
His off-field issues have been well-documented in the media, although the skillful scouser is understandably keen to let his football do the talking. With 13 different clubs in as many years, Hammill has certainly done his fair share of travelling. Although he has embarked upon a fairly nomadic career so far, his ability cannot be disputed. He offers an explosion of pace and a pinpoint delivery, as well as the ability to change games. If he can settle in Northern Ireland, and reignite his passion for the game, the former Liverpool academy graduate could turn out to be an extremely savvy acquisition for Derry City, and he may be the man to help fire them back into Europe next season.