Crystal Palace winger Brandywell-bound?

Derry City boss, Roddy Collins.

Derry City boss, Roddy Collins.

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Derry City F.C. are rumoured to be interested in signing 20 year-old Crystal Palace winger, Kyle de Silva, on loan.

Earlier this week, Derry City boss, Roddy Collins admitted that English Premiership side, Crystal Palace, had contacted him directly with a view to loaning a player out to Derry City.

When contacted by the Sunday Journal yesterday afternoon Collins refused to comment on the rumours and labelled them as “pure speculation”.

“If I had a euro for every player I have been linked with over the last few weeks, I’d be a rich man; the rumours are nothing but pure speculation.”

De Silva is from Croydon in south London and is a product of the Crystal Palace youth academy.

The 20 year-old extremely quickly made his Crystal Palace debut in the FA Cup against Derby County in January 2012.

De Silva showed major promise as a teenager and later that month he made his league debut away to Blackpool.

The youngster impressed under then manager Dougie Freedman and was rewarded with a three year contract in May 2012.

Unfortunately, several serious injuries kept De Silva out of first team action for half of the 2012/13 season.

In March of last year he joined then League Two side Barnet where he remained until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, in an interview in today’s Sunday Journal, new Derry City midfielder, Danny Ventre says his decision to join the Candy Stripes was influenced heavily by the fact Roddy Collins is in charge.

“When I spoke to Roddy on the phone I got a definite sense that he was a man who was honest and who regarded loyalty and hard work top of his list of characteristics.

“Roddy shares a trait with myself in the sense that we are both very ambitious people.

“I am not coming to Derry City to enjoy myself, I’ve joined the club because I believe it’s a place that I can win medals and win trophies.”

Ventre captained Sligo Rovers to their first League of Ireland Airtricity League Premier Division championship in almost 35 years in 2012. When asked if he would like to skipper Derry he said it would be a great honour but understood there were more players already at the club capable of doing the job.

“There are players at Derry City who will know what I am talking about when I say, that just because you do or don’t wear a captain’s armband doesn’t stop you from trying to lead on the pitch.

“I have captained players who, at the time, were senior to me. I captained Joseph N’Do when I was with Sligo.

“Joseph is an amazing player with bags of skill; he’s been involved in a World Cup with Cameroon and he’s older than me.”

Elsewhere, striker Mark Griffin, has been released by Derry City. Griffin had one year left on his two year contract but was released by the club yesterday.