DERRY CITY boss, Peter Hutton has already begun drawing up his blueprint for success next season by re-signing midfielder, Mark Timlin.
Just one week after the season drew to a close and Hutton has started compiling a list of potential signings while considering those he wants to move on from the Brandywell.
City have 10 players under contract for next season and Buncrana man, Timlin has become the first of those previously out of contract players to get his future sorted.
Former Ipswich Town player, Timlin, who scored twice in the 2014 season, agreed terms with the club over the weekend and is poised to sign what’s expected to be a one year contract later this week.
Hutton revealed that preparations for his first full season as Derry City manager got underway in the immediate aftermath of last Sunday’s FAI Cup Final defeat with players given their individual fitness programmes for the off-season.
And the Derry boss will meet with Derry City directors this week as they finalise his transfer budget for the forthcoming season.
The purse strings are expected to be severely tightened due to the club’s failure to clinch European qualification for next season. However, Hutton is confident he can assemble a squad good enough to compete on all fronts next season.
“We’ve agreed terms with Mark Timlin last night,” revealed the Derry manager. “We hope to get him to put pen to paper now in the next day or two but we agreed terms last night and we’re delighted to have him back on board.
“While he’s a good player he’s also a good person with a fantastic attitude and he gives us great versatility in a number of positions.
“He’s from the locality and he’s a young player who wants to play for Derry City, so he ticks all the right boxes,” added Hutton. “And he knows if he has any ambition of getting back across the water he’s in the right place to be.”
With players such as captain, Barry Molloy and Danny Ventre currently out of contract, Hutton claims their Brandywell future will depend on his budget. However, a number of players have been involved in talks with regards to committing their immediate futures with the club over the weekend.
“We have 10 players already signed and the rest will depend on the budget in terms of what we can offer,” he continued. “We’ve already spoken to a couple of players in terms of signing on for next year and they’re obviously mulling over offers now at the minute.
“But we can’t really do much until we know what the budget is going to be. I’ve had a couple meetings with the Board and I will get clarification this weekend.
“We will then have a better idea in terms of going forward but I’m sure the fact there’s no Europe will certainly have a negative impact on the budget.”