Doyle, after limited minutes in 2.5 seasons at Derby County, joined MLS bottom-dwellers D.C. United on loan this summer. United has opted to pick up the buy option, making the Texas native a permanent member of their rebuilding efforts.
After one semester at Creighton University, Doyle signed his first professional contract with Derby County (English Championship) after a trial period with the club in 2010. After making 14 appearances with the first team in the 2010-2011 season, Doyle suffered both ankle and hamstring injuries, limiting him to six fixtures that year. In the 2012-2013 season, the young forward dealt with appendicitis and only saw one start and one substitute appearance.
“Conor is a very talented, young forward who will continue to improve,” said D.C. United Scouting Coordinator Kurt Morsink. “His ability to get into good spots and anticipate service is very rare for his age, and makes him a unique forward.”
Doyle scored two goals in fourteen league appearances for a really bad D.C. team. Despite the horrible season, they do have talent (that got them the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2012) and have a nice young core that includes Doyle, Luis Silva, and Jared Jeffrey.
EDIT: It appears that the transfer fee was free. I believe that Doyle’s deal was up in July, which means that he could have signed a pre-contract in January in any case, I assume this is Derby basically saying that they’d rather not pay his salary.