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�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 15th January 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye''JJB Sports Irish Cup fifth round - Linfield v Institute''Linfield's with Institute's during Saturday's Irish Cup fifth round game at Windsor Park.
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 15th January 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye''JJB Sports Irish Cup fifth round - Linfield v Institute''Linfield's with Institute's during Saturday's Irish Cup fifth round game at Windsor Park.

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny has admitted that Institute FC’s Joe McCready is a player that he would be “interested” in bringing to the Brandywell.

Kenny will take his new look Derry City team to the Riverside Stadium tomorrow evening where they will compete for the annual Billy Kee Memorial trophy against local rivals Institute. Speaking to the Sunday Journal yesterday evening, Kenny said that he was an admirer of McCready but hinted that a deal to bring the player to Brandywell could be unlikely.

“I don’t know if I’ll be signing anymore players,” said Kenny. “Joe McCready is a player that I am interested in but I am not sure what will happen - we’ll just wait and see.”

Kenny’s preseason preparations continued against Irish League minnows Dergview FC at the Brandywell on Friday evening where he watched his team run out 3-2 winners.

“I thought we played well against Loughall earlier this week,” said Kenny. “But against Dergview, we were a bit up and down. I definitely think there’s room for improvement but I am content with the way things are shaping up.

“Our goalkeeper, Gerard Doherty is in the best condition I have ever seen him in and although the back four need a bit of work they are very flexible. Our midfield area is very competitive this season and although we don’t have the blistering pace of Mark Farren we have a different sort of threat in Eamon Zayed. We’re just going to concentrate on ourselves, work hard and try to maximise our points tally in the league when it starts.”

Asked for his thoughts on the FAI’s u-turn over their decision to deny Galway United a Premier Division license Kenny said he was “confused” but added that Sporting Fingal’s demise could be to the benefit of the league.

“When Sporting Fingal came into the league they set the bar when it came to wages but they’re gone now. I suppose the main benefactors of their demise is Bohemians because whilst most other clubs had signed all of their players, Bohemians were able to go and take a few of the lads from Sporting Fingal. I think it will benefit the league in the long run because it means that the Dublin derbies between Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and St. Patrick’s Athletic will still be fiery affairs and I have no doubt that they’ll take points off each other.

“In terms of Galway United coming back into the league I am totally confused but they’re a decent side with a good ground so that’s good from a player’s point of view.”