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Doherty bides his time

English Barclays Premiership

Doherty is preparing for reality after his dream start in the Premiership. The young striker joined us in a L1m deal from Luton Town in April and within a month had made his Premiership debut as a substitute, won his first full Republic of Ireland international cap and then made his full debut for us at none other than Old Trafford.

He was also one of the success stories of Ireland's Nike US Cup campaign in America after making a late dash across the Atlantic to join up with Mick McCarthy's squad after playing for the Under-21s in May.

Despite making such an impression, the arrival of L11m man Sergei Rebrov and Les Ferdinand's return to full fitness would seem to have pushed Doherty down the pecking order.

Back in training at Spurs Lodge, Doherty admitted: "I knew from the start that I wasn't just going to walk into the squad at a club like this, especially with them making some signings and Les Ferdinand coming back from injury. There is a lot of competition for places but if I bide my time, hopefully sooner or later it will happen.

"All I want to do is stay in and around the squad. It is a big squad now with the additions over the summer and there could be a few more as well. It will be hard but all I can do is impress on the training ground and hope it goes well."

Doherty, 20, is raring to go even though the Nike US Cup cut down on his summer break. "All I want is for the season to start," he said.

"We've still got another month left of preparation, which is what everyone needs to get rid of the cobwebs. Hopefully I'll have no injury problems and start the season fresh."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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