ST. PATRICK’s Athletic midfielder, Conor McCormack, is the latest player to be linked with a move to Derry City this week as Peter Hutton steps up his attempts to strengthen his paper-thin squad.
The former Manchester United youth player, who won the League of Ireland Premier Division title during his three year spell with Shamrock Rovers, is rumoured to be unsettled at Richmond Park.
And City boss, Hutton, who is seeking to recruit a midfielder and striker before the close of the Transfer Window this Friday, believes he would be the perfect acquisition for his side.
His versatility across defence and midfield would, indeed, be a huge asset and his signing could breathe new life into the Brandywell club’s poor league campaign.
While the Derry boss didn’t wish to speculate on a move for McCormack given that he is still contracted to St Pat’s, he did agree that the combative midfielder is a player he admires.
“He’s a very good player but because we’ve been linked with him and a few others like Gavan Holohan and others - these are other clubs’ players so I don’t really like to comment on them,” said Hutton.
“I don’t want to do those other clubs a disservice so I don’t really want to speculate on it too much.
“But he’s certainly a player I admire,” added the Derry boss. “He was previously with Shamrock Rovers and won the league with them.
“He was also a Manchester United youth player and he has a great attitude, so he would be a positive acquisition if we could get him.
“But at the minute there’s no definites with regards transfer targets but he’s certainly a player I admire.”
He’s a very good player but because we’ve been linked with him and a few others like Gavan Holohan and others - these are other clubs’ players so I don’t really like to comment on them.Peter Hutton
Hutton assured City fans that he is busy working behind the scenes in attempts to bolster his team and beat Friday’s deadline.
“We are working away trying to get players in,” he confirmed. “But sometimes you are at the beck and call of other clubs. It’s not an easy window to do business in because of the difference in the seasons.
“And some players don’t really like the idea of coming for three months. Whereas if we were starting the season it would be different.
“Depending on the quality of the player you could offer a longer term contract if it’s going to be for the long-term benefit of the club.
“But players like to gauge their options before committing.
“Teams tend to do their business late in the window and that has a sort of knock-on effect if whoever you’re trying to do business with are waiting until the last minute.
“Ideally we would like to get something done earlier in the week so we can get a fairly settled squad for Friday’s game but that’s out of our hands.
“We’ve been in discussions with one or two players and they’ve gone well but we’ve also had one or two knock-backs.
“We have various options and it’s a case of moving on to the next one then.
“We have one or two irons in the fire and hopefully we can get those completed this week.”
Ex Spurs player training at Brandywell
Meanwhile, ex-Tottenham Hotspur reserve midfielder, Aaron McEneff is currently training with Derry City and while it’s understood the Cornshell Fields native is ultimately seeking to return to England, Hutton refused to rule out an approach for his signature.
“Aaron has just come in today (Monday) and has been training with us,” confirmed Hutton.
“His agent has been in touch and obviously he has aspirations of going back across the water first and foremost. “But he’s asked to come train with us to keep himself ticking over in the meantime.
“It’s obvious he’s a quality young player but to be honest I haven’t seen him play much with him being over in England with Spurs.
“I know he’s been with a few clubs since his release so he’s weighing up his options.
“We’ll see as the week goes on but he certainly ticks all the right boxes in terms of a young local player but I know he wants to get back across to England,” concluded Hutton.