STEWART Greacen confirmed last night that his first choice club for next season would be a return to the Brandywell to represent Derry City.
Indeed, the robust centre-back is also keen to make his debut in Europe having helped the “Candy Stripes” qualify for the Europa League with a third place finish in the Premier Division in 2011.
Confirming that he had been “sounded out” by several clubs - including three from the League of Ireland - the 30-year-old Scot refused to identify the clubs involved.
“I believe it’s important that I remain professional in that regard. In any event, offers have not been made to me, the clubs were simply sounding me out in relation to the future and I’ve told them that my first choice would have to be Derry City,” claimed Greacen.
“I can’t sign for anyone until January 1st, therefore, clubs prefer to wait until nearer that time
before making offers of contracts to new players.
“I’ve been honest with those clubs who had made contact with me and told them that if I’m to return to Ireland, then I would prefer to join Derry City.
“I really enjoyed the experience last season year. I was respected by the manager, coaching staff,
players and supporters at the Brandywell and I think I fitted into the set-up really quickly.
“I’d also like to think that I played my part in helping the club return to European football and given that I’ve never played at that level, I’d dearly love to get the opportunity to do so. That said, everything is out of my hands. I’ve made my intentions clear and I’ll have to sit back and see what develops,” he added.
He also admitted that a number of Scottish clubs had been in contact with him but it was his hope that Stephen Kenny would be in touch sooner rather than later.
“At the moment nothing is definite and I’m sure Derry are looking at their figures and budgets for next season but having enjoyed playing in the League of Ireland, I’d like to return and try to win the league.
“I will remain very open-mind-ed about the future. Yes, I really enjoyed playing for Derry and I’d like to return, but that’s down to Stephen (Kenny) who, hope-fully, I will be speaking to in the future,” he concluded.