DESPITE the absence of a new manager, Derry City have commenced the re-signing of some of the club’s talented youngsters.
And Derry Chief Executive Officer, Sean Barrett, makes no apologies for negotiating and retaining the services of players who have progressed through the club’s excellent youth policy.
Having secured agreement with centre-back, Ryan McBride (23) and central midfielder, Raymond Foy (20) yesterday, Mr. Barrett confirmed that others would follow as his Board continued to secure the services of Declan Devine’s successor.
“These youngster epitomise what has been going on at Derry City Football Club,” said Mr. Barrett.
“Raymond Foy is the latest player to have come through our development programme. He has already played in the first team last season and his performances have augured well for the future.
“He has taken another step, as has been the case with Barry McNamee, Ryan Curran and Michael Duffy.
“So regardless of what manager takes over, this is the way forward for Derry City. The development of our young players is pivotal to our future and that policy must be maintained,” added Mr. Barrett.
“Ryan McBride is now an established first team player and, indeed, his progression last season has been signifciant.
“He resides in the shadow of Brandywell Stadium. He’s a quality young player and in every conversation we’ve had over recent days, Ryan made it clear that he’s only interested in playing for one club,” noted the smiling Derry Director.
“Ryan is considered a warrior by his team-mates and by our supporters. He loves playing for his home town club and these are the type of players we want to represent us in the future, regardless of who the new manager will be,” he concluded.