DERRY City’s new boss, Declan Devine, is believed to be close to signing former St. Pat’s striker, Daryl Kavanagh, the Tipperary native having expressed an interest to further his career at the Brandywell
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
Having partnered Danny North (now Sligo Rovers), Kavanagh was considered one of the most dangerous hitmen in the Premier Division and the 25-year-old is keen to continue his career at a higher level.
While Devine refused to discuss negotiations with players who have yet to sign contracts, it’s believed the Brandywell boss met Kavanagh in Waterford in midweek to discuss the situation.
It’s also known that Cork City have tabled an offer to sign him while Stephen Kenny is also believed to have spoken to the striker and is attempting to persuade him to move to Dublin.
Dundalk and Monaghan United are believed to be waiting in the wings, but sources close to Kavanagh suggest that he was impressed at Devine’s decision to travel south to meet him, adding that a move to Derry is not beyond the bounds of possibility.
Devine did, however, admit to moving closer to re-signing Derry skipper, Kevin Deery, on a new two year contract.
“That deal is not done just yet, but I’m confident that Kevin will return to the club. He’s considered one of the best central midfielders in Ireland and I really want to have him at the Brandywell.
“He’s two years away from celebrating 10 years service to his home town club and we’re anxious to see him reach that milestone. We’ve had a few discussions on the issue and I’m confident that Kevin will remain a Derry City player despite a number of offers from other clubs,” said Devine.
It’s also emerged that former Finn Harps captain and centre-half, Packie Mailey, trained with the Derry City squad on Wednesday and the Convoy man is believed to be another player anxious to join the “Candy Stripes” having rejected an offer last season.
“Packie has come in to train with us and if something comes out of it, well and good. We’ll wait and see what develops and if he’s interested in joining us and we’re interested in him, then something could be arranged,” added Devine.
Meanwhile, Derry City players will expect a significant change to their training schedules for the new season, with gym sessions organised to start at 7.00 a.m.!
“Due to the fact that we are about two and a half weeks behind where we should be at this stage of the season, we’ve organised a few early morning gym sessions,” declared the new boss.
“Players will be given adequate time to secure employment but so that training schedules will not be adversely affected, we will have a few morning gym sessions over the coming weeks.
“The players will be asked to report for a 7.00 a.m. start in an effort to improve their fitness levels, but we will be attempting to cram in so much over the next few weeks with our first competitive match scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday, February 13th or 14th in the Setanta Sports Cup.”