Devine Adds Numbers For Premier Run-In

Derry City manager Declan Devine with new team signings, from left, Dean Jarvis, Eugene Ferry and Davy McDaid.

Derry City manager Declan Devine with new team signings, from left, Dean Jarvis, Eugene Ferry and Davy McDaid.

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TWO members of last season’s Derry City squad, including the club’s joint top scorer, have returned to the Brandywell club as the “Candy Stripes” attempt to step up the challenge for Premier Division honours.

Top hitman, David McDaid, who had signed a two year contract with League Two side, York City and goalkeeper, Eugene Ferry, who was expected to take up a coaching post with Sunderland’s Youth Academy, have since returned home.

And talented defender, Dean Javis, who had sent a season with Aberdeen in the SPL, has also been added to the panel, the 21-year-old who spent last season with Institute.

All three players have signed short-term contracts to the end of the current season and provided their registrations come through in time, all three will be added to the squad which entertains Dundalk at the Brandywell this Friday night.

“I think it was important to extend the squad and try to have as much cover as possible in all positions,” said Brandywell boss, Declan Devine, before leaving for last night’s League Cup quarter-final against Bohemians.

“I tried to keep both Davy and Eugene but both had offers in England before the start of the current season. Things have not worked out for them, so I’m delighted to have them back.

“Dean (Jarvis) is a young defender who has been on our radar for quite a while now. He’s been training with us and we’ve opted to give him an opportunity to develop his career at the Brandywell,” added Devine.