DERRY CITY: Conor McCormack turned down several offers to sign for City

Derry City manager Peter Hutton with latest signing at Brandywell, former St. Patrick's Athletic player Conor McCormack. DER3015MC056

Derry City manager Peter Hutton with latest signing at Brandywell, former St. Patrick's Athletic player Conor McCormack. DER3015MC056

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NEW DERRY City signing, Conor McCormack revealed he turned down several offers from League of Ireland clubs in favour of agreeing terms with the ‘Candy Stripes’ this week.

The experienced 25 year-old midfielder was officially unveiled as Peter Hutton’s latest addition this afternoon (Wednesday) and he admitted when Derry came calling he coulnd’t turn the club down.

The Co. Louth native agreed to sign a deal which keeps him at Brandywell until the end of the season - with an option of an extra year based on appearances!

He’s excited about the challenge which lies ahead and insist he’s the right man to help get Derry City out of trouble.

“I’m glad to have it over the line now,” he smiled. “I’ve been in negotiations the last week or two and finally we got it over the line.”

“Derry are a massive club and shouldn’t be down where they are. So I’m up for the challenge. I’ve been talking to Peter (Hutton) and he’s looking to get a few wins on the board from now until the end of the season and get us back up the table.

“I had a few offers but I chose Derry so hopefully it goes well,” he added.

“There are plenty of good players at St Pat’s and I was in and out of the team. It was disappointing because I just wanted to go out and play. I felt I should have got more of a chance there but obviously not.

“So when Derry came calling they offered me a good deal, why wouldn’t I come up here and help out?”

The ex-Man United youth midfielder will certainly add a bit of steel to the Derry midfield and his versatility and ability to play along the backline will have been a huge attraction for Derry boss, Hutton.

“I have plenty of experience,” said McCormack. “I first came into the league under Michael O’Neill at Shamrock Rovers and we won the Setanta Cup and the league and we got into the Europa League and did well.

“So hopefully I can bring a bit of experience into the dressing room and hopefully we can all play together and get a few wins under our belt.”

He joined up with his new teammates this morning (Wednesday) for the first time at Clooney Park West for his first training session and he was delighted with how things went.

“Derry has great quality,” he continued. “Even at my first training session today you can see there’s plenty of good, young talent here.

“I think they’ve just been unfortunate with results so hopefully I can help the lads bounce back.”