Derry agree fee for Griffin

Dundalk's Marc Griffin celebrates after hitting the net for the second goal of his brace in their Airtricity League Premier Division tie at Richmond Park
Dundalk's Marc Griffin celebrates after hitting the net for the second goal of his brace in their Airtricity League Premier Division tie at Richmond Park

Derry City and Dundalk F.C. have reached an agreement that could see Australian born striker, Marc Griffin, sign for the Candy Stripes early next week, the Sunday Journal has learned.

Griffin, (20), trained with the first team all this week and is believed to be keen to follow former Lilywhites team mate, Michael Rafter to the Brandywell. However, despite being linked with a move to the FAI Cup champions since December, www.goal.com reported yesterday afternoon that the deal to bring Griffin to the Brandywell had fallen through and suggested that League Two side AFC Wimbledon were starting to show an interest in the player.

“We had some footage sent across to have a look at,” said Dons manager Neil Ardley.

“We tried to speak to the FAI to see what his situation was, but so far we haven’t heard anything back.

“He’s [Griffin] not someone we’ve spoken to our board about, so any move is still a long way down the line.”

It’s no secret that Derry would have liked to have had a deal done and dusted before Christmas but because the player is under the age of 23, his former club, Dundalk F.C. are entitled to a UEFEA Training Compensation fee.

Dundalk, now managed by former Derry City boss, Stephen Kenny, are thought to have demanded an initial fee of n20,000 but this was rejected by Derry City.

Subsequently the Oriel Park club reduced their fee to n15,000 but this too was rejected. Be that as it may, both clubs came to an agreement on Friday with the fee thought to be in the region of n5000 and should the player start a number of games for the Candy Stripes an additional bonus would be paid to Dundalk F.C. also.

Derry City manager, Declan Devine, was unavailable for comment yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, ex-Derry City striker, David McDaid, is rumoured to be in advanced talks with English League Two side York City.

It is believed that McDaid, (21) will discuss personal terms with the Bootham Crescent club early next week.

McDaid, trained alongside his former team mates last weekend but it is believed that he travelled to Yorkshire earlier this week for a trial with Gary Mills’ team.

The Derry born forward scored 17 goals for the Candy Stripes in all competitions last season and before attracting attention from York City he had two trials with League Two side Fleetwood Town. However, when manager Micky Mellon was sacked last month the deal to bring McDaid to Highbury Stadium was in doubt.

The former Tristar F.C. player returned for another trial under new manager Andy Pilley but was not offered a contract.