Doherty eyeing Irish career
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
New Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez was at Ashton Gate on Saturday to watch Doherty help The Robins to their 11th win on the trot with a 1-0 victory over Wrexham.
The Bristol-born Doherty has earned four caps for his country since former manager Sammy McIlroy drafted the central midfielder in to playing for the province last season.
The 24-year-old admits he is aiming to succeed with his adopted nation, as Northern Ireland try and rebuild following many years in the international football wilderness.
"I didn't know Lawrie Sanchez was at Saturday's game until someone told me afterwards," Doherty told the club's official website.
"It's definitely important to me to keep playing international football if I can so hopefully I made the right impression (against Wrexham).
"I was picked for the Norway game last week and then our manager (Danny Wilson) pulled me out, which was understandable as we had an important game at Grimsby.
"But I hope to be involved again soon. I only know Lawrie Sanchez from playing against his teams in the past.
"He'll have his own ideas and I hope he can bring us some success."
Meanwhile, defender Darren Jones has signed with non-league club Newport County following his free transfer move from Ashton Gate.
The 20-year-old chose to join his hometown club instead of making a permanent switch to Conference club Forest Green Rovers, where he spent three months on loan earlier this season.