Kenny Shiels delighted as Scottish duo sign for Derry City

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels pictured with new signings Harry Monaghan (left) and Jordan Allan as they put pen to paper in the Foyle Arena on Friday morning. DER5115GS029
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels pictured with new signings Harry Monaghan (left) and Jordan Allan as they put pen to paper in the Foyle Arena on Friday morning. DER5115GS029
  • Midfielder Harry Monaghan and striker Jordan Allan join Derry City on one year deals
  • The duo become the first new faces to join the club since Kenny SHiels took charge
  • Derry boss Shiels is hopeful of adding Danish defender Niclas Vemmelund to the squad before Christmas

DERRY CITY boss Kenny Shiels hasn’t yet completed his Christmas wish list despite adding Scottish duo, Jordan Allan and Harry Monaghan to his squad this morning.

In fact Shiels is hopeful of adding Danish defender, Niclas Vemmelund to his 2016 panel before the New Year as he continues to work on the completion of his squad.

Shiels unveiled his two new signings at a press conference at the Foyle Arena this morning and he was delighted both Allan and Monaghan agreed on one-year deals with the Brandywell club.

“They are both players who I think will lend themselves to the club and they have the drive we want around the place,” he said.

“They’re young, hungry and enthusiastic with really good character. We have to be very selective when we’re bringing in players so we have a strong, positive dynamic within the group of players and these two will add to that.”

Former Montrose FC and Dundee United striker, Allen (20) scored during a pre-season friendly match for the ‘Candy Stripes’ against Limavady United and he was excited about beginning a new chapter in his career in the League of Ireland.

They’re young, hungry and enthusiastic with really good character. We have to be very selective when we’re bringing in players so we have a strong, positive dynamic within the group of players and these two will add to that

Kenny Shiels

“I’m here to score goals,” he said. “I’ve been to Dundee United which is a top flight Scottish team and I haven’t seen anything quite like what Derry has to offer here.

“I can only do the best I can and hopefully that brings a lot of success to this club.”

Fellow Scot, Monaghan (22), is a combative central midfield player who started his career with the Hibernian academy, however he spent time in Iceland with Vikingur of Reykjavik before returning to Scotland.

And the Glaswegian insists he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sign for Derry City and of course the chance to work under Shiels.

“I know Kenny very well from his time in Scotland and the opportunity to work with a manager of his experience and his credentials was one I couldn’t turn down,” claimed Monaghan.

“When I first came over here my first impressions of the club were absolutely brilliant. And since then I knew I had to make this move happen and thankfully it’s sorted now.”