Date:Sunday January 14 2007
Brian Flynn has said that right-back Richard Duffy was wrong to leave Swansea for Portsmouth three years ago.
Flynn was manager at the time when Portsmouth came in with a £150,000 bid as he tried to keep the promising youngster at the club.
Recently, he said: 'I think Richard should have stayed at Swansea. That's what I thought when Portsmouth came in for him.'
'Swansea were in League Two at the time and the jump from there to the Premier League is quite large. I told him not to go to Portsmouth. I told him to stay with us until he was 19 or 20 and get 100-120 league games under his belt.
'I'm a big believer in young players learning their trade. I told him playing reserve team football wouldn't be any good for him. Young players should move at the right time and when they are ready for it. I fought tooth and nail to try and keep Richard. It was his decision to leave.
'I didn't want to lose him and neither did the club - i thought it would have been better for him if he stayed.'
Since his departure, he has made just 1 sub appearance and 1 League Cup appearance with loan spells at Conventry and Burnley.
Duffy is now back at Swansea, joining on loan for the rest of the season and he added: "Without a doubt, this is a different club to the one I left. We're already in a higher division, the quality of players here is good and we have a stadium that some Premiership clubs would be proud of.
"I left when we were in League Two but now really this club belongs in the championship and the reason I've come here is to help get promotion. I've seen how our fan base has trebled and anyone can see how big we are becoming."
Date:Sunday January 14 2007
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