DERRY CITY: Patrick McEleney to make decision on future next week

COME AND GET ME . . .  Patrick McEleney will make a decision on his future within the week.
COME AND GET ME . . . Patrick McEleney will make a decision on his future within the week.
  • Patrick McEleney is prepared to listen to offers after his proposed move to Peterborough broke down yesterday
  • League champions Dundalk and St Pat’s are interested but McEleney wants further talks with Derry City
  • McEleney admits he’s frustrated after Posh move fails to materialise but hasn’t given up hope on move to England
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PATRICK McEleney insists he will make a decision on his future within the week after learning his proposed move to League One club, Peterborough has fallen through.

Peterborough’s Director of Football, Barry Fry last night confirmed to the ‘Journal’ that the London Road club has decided not to make a bid for the player at this time, but could revive their interest when the January Transfer Window opens.

I’m from Derry and have supported the club since I was nine years-old. I’ve played here years and have won things. If I was to leave it would obviously be a difficult decision.

Patrick McEleney

That news will alert several League of Ireland clubs who have already made approaches to the player since his Derry City contract terminated at the end of the 2015 campaign.

The 23 year-old Shantallow man had spent a week on trial at the ABAX Stadium but Fry claims ‘The Posh’ manager, Graham Westley wasn’t prepared to take a risk after the player broke down injured during an arranged friendly game against Birmingham.

“The Chairman (Darragh McAnthony) was over this week and both him and the manager (Graham Westley) had a word with me and we’ve decided not to do anything in this moment in time,” confirmed Fry.

“We can’t do anything until January anyway so we don’t really have to make a decision now. We’re not prepared to take a risk right now.

“It’s up to the manager who will talk to the boy’s agent in good time. We’ve got so many games coming up and he’s got to arrange a game and invite the boy over where he can stay for a week and play in a game.”

Frustrated

While McEleney is understandably ‘frustrated’ the proposed transfer has been put on the back-burner, he isn’t prepared to waste any more time and wants to secure his immediate future within the week.

And the striker has urged his hometown club, Derry City to quickly show their hand with a host of clubs waiting in the wings.

Several League of Ireland clubs have declared an interest, however, ‘double’ winners, Dundalk will be favourites for the players’ signature given Stephen Kenny’s side can offer Champions League football next season.

And with star midfielder, Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan both expected to secure cross-Channel moves, the ‘Lilywhites’ are certain to pursue their interest in McEleney.

St Patrick’s Athletic and a reunion with his brother Shane at Richmond Park and of course, winger, Mark Timlin who made the switch last week, has also been rumoured.

However, McEleney, will use the next few days to weigh up his options, and he insists that his hometown club hold all the aces.

The proposed Peterborough United transfer was beginning to take its toll on the player and while he’s disappointed, he’s pleased he can now open talks with interested parties.

“It’s disappointing the move has broken down but it comes with game,” said McEleney.

“I thought it was getting done at one stage and then it wasn’t. Then it was back on again.

“It was frustrating and there were a few crossed wires along the way. But now I know it’s not getting done, I’m free to talk to clubs.

“There’s been a few clubs interested which is obviously a good position for me to be in. “I’ve talked to Derry a bit but after finding out about the Peterborough move isn’t happening I’ll be making my decision within the next week.

“I’m just going to sit down and talk to everyone that I have to and see what’s best for me.”

McEleney, who recently became a father, insists he would be prepared to remain on Foyleside with his hometown club if the ‘Candy Stripes’ were willing to make the right offer.

“I’m from Derry and have supported the club since I was nine years-old,” added McEleney. “I’ve played here years and have won things. I’ve had ups and downs and if I was to leave it would obviously be a difficult decision.

“But it’s still in Derry’s hands if they want to keep me.

“It looks like I’m not going to England so where else can I go?”

Admittingly ‘Fats’ had his heart set on a move to Peterborough but the former Sunderland starlet, hasn’t given up hope of returning to England in the future.

“It’s not the end of the world if I don’t go now. I’ll just have to see what happens over the next week but I’ll be getting someone sorted within the week!”