DERRY CITY: Waiting Game for Shiels on signings

New Derry City manager Kenny Shiels (right), in conversation with his no. 2, Donal O'Brien. DER4615MC012
New Derry City manager Kenny Shiels (right), in conversation with his no. 2, Donal O'Brien. DER4615MC012
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Derry manager Kenny Shiels remains confident there will be new faces at Brandywell Stadium - but it may not be this week.

Shiels is working on deals to secure as many as four players and had hopes to make an announcement on Thursday or Friday, but that now looks unlikely as he continues to negotiate.

I had hoped to have some news this week but there are one or two issues holding things back but I’m hopeful that we will have one or two new faces in place within the next week or so.

Kenny Shiels

“It is looking more like being next week before we have something concrete as regards signings,” explained the Derry boss.

“I had hoped to have some news this week but there are one or two issues holding things back but I’m hopeful that we will have one or two new faces in place within the next week or so.”

The Magherafelt man remains keen to pursue his interest in Danish right-back Niclas Vemmelund, midielder, Harry Monaghan and striker, Jordan Allen and has been looking at a number of Irish League players but admitted it can be difficult at times competing against teams with larger budgets.

Budget

“I have one or two (players) in the pipeline but the budget has to be respected even if it means sometimes we can’t compete with other teams. There are a few players in the Irish League I have looked at but we can’t meet their demands and it can be difficult.”

Shiels would not be drawn on a move for former captain, Barry Molloy, who is a free agent after being released by Crusaders although it is believed any deal would have to be “conditioned” given the player’s recent injury problems.

“I can’t say very much on specific players at the moment but I remain very optimistic. Every one is working very hard to bring in players who can improve the squad and take this club forward.

“These negotiations can be complicated and sometimes you need to be patient but I should hear something definitive regarding one or two of the players I’m talking to his week.”