“Lilywhite” to “candy stripe”

New Derry City FC player Eoghan Osborne. (1207PG31)
New Derry City FC player Eoghan Osborne. (1207PG31)

EOGHAN Osborne may well have emerged a surprise signing for Derry City on Tuesday, but the 21-year-old will be thrown in at the deep end when making his debut - probably facing former Derry star Eamon Zayed - against Shamrock Rovers tonight in Tallaght Stadium. (8.00 p.m.)

From the Co. Louth village of Annagassan, midway between Dundalk and Drogheda, Osborne’s final passage of play for the “Lilywhites” was at the Brandywell last Friday night when he signed off having fashioned the game’s only goal in the 91st minute, late sub, Tiarnan Mulvenna, diverting Osborne’s incisive pass to the Derry net.

Interestingly, he was then released from his contract on Monday last and when Derry boss, Declan Devine, read about that situation on the internet, he immediately made contact, inviting the player to the Brandywell for talks.

Since then the player has signed a contract until the end of the current season initially and he was hopeful of getting that contract extended.

The move for Osborne is clearly an attempt by the “Candy Stripes” to sort out the club’s problematic left-back position with Thomas Crawley, Dermot McCaffrey and Dean Jarvis, all ruled out due to injury. But it was very much a welcome telephone call which Osborne received on Monday afternoon.

“It was like a bolt out of the blue,” said the player. “I was released by Dundalk and Derry made contact and I’ve now signed a short-term deal until the end of the season,” he added.

“I was not figuring for Dundalk over recent weeks and when I made it clear that I wished to secure first team football at another club, I was granted my release having agreed to make myself available against Derry last weekend as Dundalk had quite a few players out injured.

“I was delighted to play my part in the win and, to be fair to Dundalk, I secured my release on Monday.”

Signed as a free agent, the player’s clearance was expected to arrive at the Brandywell last night in order for him to face Rovers this evening.


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