Derry City captain Kevin Deery has re-signed for the Candy Stripes.
Deery’s new deal will see him remain at Brandywell for the next two seasons at least.
The 27 year-old skipper told the Derry Journal that he had turned down an offer from Sligo Rovers and revealed that when Declan Devine was revealed as the new manager of Derry City his mind was made up.
“I have a great relationship with Declan Devine and I am delighted to see Paul Hegarty [assistant manager] back at Derry too.
“Sligo Rovers made me an offer and I was in talks with a few other League of Ireland managers but staying with Derry City Football Club was what I always wanted. As soon as I heard that the Board of Directors had revealed Declan as manager there was only one team I wanted to play for and that was Derry City.”
Deery confirmed that new manager Devine had asked him to continue on as captain.
“Declan told me he wants me to lead the club next year. It’s an honour and a privilege to captain my hometown team but to be honest I am all about playing football and anything else is a bonus.
“The new season is not far away and I am really excited and can’t wait until our first game at the Brandywell.”
Derry City boss Declan Devine described Deery as one of the best midfielders in the league and said that he was delighted that he had agreed to re-sign.
“He’s one of the best midfielders in Ireland and to have him at the Brandywell for another two season’s is great. He will be playing alongside another two great midfielders in Ruaidhri Higgins and Barry Molloy, so to have three of the best midfielders in the country back at the club, is fantastic,” he says.