Simon Set to Sign on Dotted Line for Shamrock Rovers

LOI, Derry City v Shelbourne, 4-10-13'Derry City's Simon Madden with Adam Hanlon of Shelbourne at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin �
LOI, Derry City v Shelbourne, 4-10-13'Derry City's Simon Madden with Adam Hanlon of Shelbourne at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin �

SIMON Madden will, for quite a few members of the Brandywell Faithful, have been voted the clear-cut Derry City “Player of the Year” for the 2013 season.

And while the Dubliner’s second contract at the Brandywell ended last weekend, the 25-year-old is now understood to have committed his future to Shamrock Rovers for the next two years at least.

And unknown to many followers of the “Candy Stripes,” Shamrock Rovers actually made an attempt to sign Madden before last summer’s Transfer Window slammed shut, the “Hoops” prepared to offer a nominal sum for the skilful full-back given that he would be leaving the Brandywell as a free agent two months later.

However, while still involved in the race for the Premier Division title, the powers that be at the Brandywell opted to dismiss that approach.

And while the defender was aware of Derry’s rejection, he remained committed to the Brandywell club, always prepared to act professionally and complete his contract with the “Candy Stripes.”

Having committed his immediate future to Trevor Croly’s full-time set-up, Madden will not sign on the dotted line until after December 1st next when the Airtricity League’s Transfer Window re-opens.

Indeed, Madden’s decision to remain at the Brandywell for a second term was considered a major coup for former boss, Declan Devine, who rated the player particularly highly having signed him from Dundalk prior to the 2012 campaign.

Clearly delighted to have won an FAI Cup winners’ medal last November in the Aviva Stadium, the defender departs the Brandywell with the best wishes of all associated with the local club.

And, remaining on the players’ front, it’s also understood that a number of the Derry City’s youngsters have been involved in discussions with representatives of the Board of Directors in relation to signing new contracts for next season.

Discussions have taken place this week and I can also confirm that rumours relating to Ryan McBride’s departure from his home town club do not appear to be totally accurate.

In fact, the Brandywell based centre-back is one of those players who has been involved in negotiations this week.

And it’s believed the talented centre-back is close to putting pen to paper on a new deal with his home town club.