Kenny Shiels is expected to unveil his first two new signings as Derry City manager this morning but the ‘Journal’ can reveal he is also in negotiations to bring former striker Rory Patterson back to Brandywell Stadium.
Sources close to Patterson, who is currently back with another of his old clubs, FC Manchester of United, confirmed he has been talking to Shiels about a potential return to the club he left 2014.
While a deal for the experienced striker is still some way off, negotiations have been described as “constructive” with the Strabane native keen to link up with the Candy Stripes.
Patterson left the Brandywell after he was released from his contract in January 2015 by then manager, Peter Hutton, and the team struggled for goals following his departure.
He initially moved to Australia with Cockburn City F.C. in the Western Australia National Premier League for whom he hit five goals in his first two games including four against Inglewood United on his league debut.
In October, he swapped the heat of Australia for Manchester and has made one start and seven substitute appearances since re-signing for FC United.
During hie time with Derry the former Northern Ireland striker netted 61 times in 93 appearances
Meanwhile Shiels has called a press conference for this morning in Foyle Arena where is expected to parade two new signings as he seeks build his squad ahead of next season.