EXPERIENCED goalkeeper, Gerard Doherty has committed his immediate future to Derry City after finalising a new two-year deal this afternoon.
The 34 year-old shot-stopper, who has attracted interest from Irish League club Cliftonville since his contract expired at the end of the season, has become Derry City boss, Kenny Shiels’ fourth signing since taking the reins earlier this month.
And Shiels, commenting following negotiations with the Creggan man this afternoon, is delighted that the former Derby County and TNS keeper has agreed to commit his future to his hometown club.
“We are quite literally building from the back and Gerard is a big part of the future of the club,” said the Derry City boss.
“We’re hoping to get him on a two-year deal which would be considered good business for the club and for the player.
“His experience is a big factor. We don’t have experience and what Gerard can bring to the team is a necessity.
We’re hoping to get him on a two-year deal which would be considered good business for the club and for the player.Kenny Shiels
“It will be fantastic to get Gerard’s deal over the line and I think it will help the other players when they see that he’s committed for two years to think, ‘yes, I want to be a part of it’.
“When Gerard signs we’ll look to bring others in and hopefully it will lend itself to get other players to commit to what we’re doing here.”
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