Derry City - Europa League the obejective

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SECURING a place in next season’s Europa League has always been the main target for Brandywell boss, Declan Devine, and that situation has not changed.

Indeed, if Derry City can secure four points from their final two games against St. Patrick’s Athletic (tonight) and Limerick at the Brandywell next Friday night, then the club’s chief objective will remains on course, provided Sligo Rovers win the FAI Cup.

And while Devine is not sure if he will be leading the club into Europe again, his total focus is fixed on this evening’s clash at Richmond Park against champions, St. Patrick’s Athletic.

“An agreement on a new two year contract was put in place after last season’s cup final, but come the end of the season I would imagine that I would be sitting down with members of the Board of Directors to see where we are.

“For me, however, the most important thing is not to look too far ahead. Obviously, I would like to be planning for the future but so much depends on the size of the budget. That’s normally the main issue and securing a place in Europe is highly significant in that regard,” he noted.

“Our objective at the start of the current season was to qualify for Europe and the players will be doing all in their power to acheive that over the next eight days,” added Devine.

“Several members of the current squad are under contract such as Gerard Doherty, Barry Molloy and the McEleney brothers, Shane and Patrick as is the case with youngsters such as Barry McNamee, Michael Duffy, Ryan Curran and Josh Tracey.

“Offers have been made to a number of other players and I’m hopeful that they will agree terms. However, with players not receiving wages for the next three months, they are in no rush and want to weigh-up their options before committing too early,” claimed the Creggan man.