NINE Derry City players have been included on the latest 120 strong PFAI Out-of-Contract player list which has brought a stinging criticism of clubs by Players’ Union Chief Stephen McGuinness.
Michael Wilson reports
Eamon Zayed, Stewart Greacen, Gareth McGlynn, Kevin Deery, Eddie McCallion, Ruaidhri Higgins, David McDaid, Ruairi Harkin and Eugene Ferry are all named on this list alongside the entire Sligo Rovers first team panel and some of the league’s most talented performers.
Names such as Killian Brennan, Ger O’Brien, Colin Hawkins, Mark Quigley and Jason Byrne are also included and would be well known to Derry City supporters.
While Brandywell boss Stephen Kenny will undoubtedly be hoping to offer new deals to the majority of named players once the budget for 2012 is finalised, the PFAI are once again planning to send a team of 18 from the list to a FIFPRO-organised tournament in Norway where out-of-contract players can showcase their skills in the hope of earning a new deal.
It is a situation which Mr. McGuinness claims cannot continue and he urged clubs to stop handing out one year and 40-week contracts in order to help players have more stability in their personal lives.
“Sligo Rovers have no players in contract. How can that happen? How can a team who won the cup and finished second have no players in contract? It beggars belief,” claimed the PFAI chief.
The two-time league winner also claimed the managerial situation within certain clubs is adding to the uncertainty.
“Over 90% of players in the league are out of contract and the managerial situation is causing a bigger issue. St. Pat’s, Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk – there seems to be uncertainty about who will be there next season, so when that gets cleared up hopefully we’ll see the players’ situations sorted,” added McGuinness.
Derry City ‘Thousandaire’
Meanwhile Derry City are holding their main fund-raising event of the year in the City Hotel this Sunday to round off what has been a terrific year for the club.
Last year’s ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ event was such a success with over 200 people turning up at the City Hotel that the club have decided to run it again. The show runs with the same format as the TV show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” with the music/lights/phone a friend and the craic that goes with it.
Tickets are currently on sale at £10 and each person has the chance of being called up to the stage to answer a series of questions or they can nominate someone to answer questions for you.
Even if you don’t go to the show you can still nominate someone to answer questions on your behalf.
If you think you can sell tickets for this event, call the Derry City Office on (028) 71373111 for details.