‘Big Stu’ opts for Stenny move

Former Derry City defender, Stewart Greacen, has opted to join Stenhousemuir F.C..
Former Derry City defender, Stewart Greacen, has opted to join Stenhousemuir F.C..

Derry City defender, Stewart Greacen, has opted to join Scottish League One side Stenhousemuir F.C.

The 31 year-old centre-back was believed to be one of the players new Derry City boss, Roddy Collins, wanted to re-sign but after courting the attention of several Scottish clubs, Greacen, who also went by the nickname ‘Big Stu’ signed a one year deal with ‘The Warriors’ yesterday afternoon.

Greacen missed much of last season due to a knee injury and was in his second term at the club since returning from exile after briefly joining Irish League outfit, Glentoran in 2012.

The ‘Sunday Journal’ understands that Derry boss Collins had hoped the towering defender would remain at Brandywell for one more season at least. Earlier this month Collins said he wasn’t sure of Greacen’s situation but suggested that he was willing to talk to the player.

“I’m aware that Stewart Greacen has returned to Scotland, so I don’t know what’s happening on that front at the moment,” Collins said earlier this month.

Ayr United were also interested in signing Greacen and his decision to join Stenhousemuir F.C. was disappointing for Ayr boss, Mark Roberts.

“Greacen fitted the bill exactly for what we need and would have been ideal with Martyn Campbell still injured,” Roberts said.

Greacen enjoyed two spells at Brandywell, lifting the League of Ireland Cup in 2011 and the FAI Cup in 2012, but is best known in Scotland for his time at Greenock Morton, where he played in 220 league games between 2003 and 2010

Meanwhile, Derry City manager, Roddy Collins, is hoping to return to England to meet with potential new signings before the Christmas holidays begin.

Dubliner Collins spent a week on the road in England and Scotland this week but when he returned to Derry on Friday he had no news to report.

The ‘Sunday Journal’ understands when Collins returns to England he may take in a few games in places including both Luton and Carlisle.

Collins also continues to be linked with a move for out of favour Portadown F.C. midfielder and Northern Ireland international Kevin Braniff (pictured left)

When quizzed on his thoughts on the player a few weeks ago, Collins said:

“I’ve read in the newspaper that we’ve been linked with this lad Braniff but to be honest I don’t know too much about him and I have never seen him play.

“That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be interested but until I see a player play football and look him straight in the eye, I wouldn’t sign anyone.”

Elsewhere, former underage manager with Athlone Town Alan McCaul will work with Derry City as a scout in the coming season and former Sligo Rovers striker, Mark Quigley, who in recent weeks was linked with the move to Brandywell joined St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday.