INSTITUTE’S talented defender, Dean Jarvis, is expected to complete a move to English League Two side, York City before the closure of the Transfer Window this Thursday where he will join up with former Derry City striker, David McDaid.
SIMON COLLINS reports
The 20 year-old Southway man last night departed for England and will play in a pre-arranged practise match for the north Yorkshire club against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.
It’s understood Institute manager, Paul Kee, will accompany Jarvis having been in ongoing talks with York City boss, Gary Mills and he expects a deal to be struck, if not before the close of business today, then certainly before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
In fact the York City boss has been searching for a replacement for regular left-back, Danny Blanchett, who was released last week and he feels the versatile Jarvis - who can also operate at centre-half - could offer some welcome competition for Jamal Fyfield who currently deputises in that role.
A former Under-21 Northern Ireland international, Jarvis spent a few snow disrupted days training with York two weeks ago and is keen to complete the move to the ‘Minstermen.’
Several other clubs have also declared an interest in signing the defender, including Premiership club, Norwich, who have also made approaches, however, York remain hot favourites to secure the player’s signature.
Mills confirmed his interest in signing the former Aberdeen defender last weekend suggesting that he rated Jarvis highly: “Dean Jarvis is a player everybody rates when we had him here during the worst of the recent snow,” confirmed the York manager.
“We will see what develops because he’s a good age and a good player. Danny Blanchett did not work out at left-back and I would like to bring somebody to the club in that position. Even if they are playing well, everybody needs competition. I want a player to come in and push Jamal or take his place.”
Jarvis’ Institute team-mate Michael McCrudden – a former Newcastle United reserve and a Northern Ireland Under-19 international – is also on Mills’ radar following that training spell with York two weeks ago, however, ‘Stute boss, Kee, is confident he can hold onto the influential winger until the end of the current season.
Should McCrudden move to the League Two outfit, there would be a large Derry contingent plying their trades at Bootham Crescent with McDaid, Jarvis and indeed, former ex-Derry City central defender, Darren Kelly, also on the club’s payroll as he is involved in York’s Youth Academy, coaching underage players from 9 years to 16 years. He also manages the under-16 side.
“I’ve been talking with Gary Mills this morning about trying to get Jarvis over to York,” confirmed Paul Kee. “One of York’s defenders sustained a serious injury on Saturday last and they also released a left-back from his contract on Friday.
“So Mills is desperate to get Dean over and a game has been organised for tomorrow against Blackburn at 1.00 p.m. so he’s going over to play in that.
“So last Saturday’s game against Tobermore was probably Dean Jarvis’ last game for us,” added the ‘Stute boss.
“There were a couple of clubs interested in signing him, one was Norwich City who are looking for an under-21 left-back for their Development squad, and there was also interest from Colchester and Stevenage but Stevenage dropped out when they were made aware that York City were interested,” continued Kee.
“Gary Mills been looking for a left-back for a few weeks now and I was aware of that situation well before Christmas. I was contacted and I told him I’d keep an eye on Dean Jarvis’ progression.
“Dean actually travelled over to York a few weeks ago but, unfortunately, he couldn’t play because of the heavy snow. However, he trained really well while over there in the company of Michael McCrudden and the coaching staff at York were really impressed with them.
“Gary sees Dean as a player capable of competing for the left-back spot at the minute but he’s also interested in McCrudden. He’s aware of our situation and knows we’re involved in cup competitions and challenging for the league and that we need Michael to stay to the end of the season, but the player is still very much on York City’s radar.
“That said, I’m hoping he stays with us until the end of the season. He enjoyed the experience at York as he didn’t want to miss the opportunity. There’s other teams looking at him as well but Mills still wants him over in the next few weeks to get a look at him but from a manager’s point of view I’d prefer him to stay.”
Should Jarvis complete the move to York, Kee has already targetted former Newcastle United Youth defender, Lee Toland, as a replacement while, Graeme Taylor can also slot into the left-back position.
Davy’s Move Completed
Meanwhile, former Derry City striker, David McDaid, secured his move from the Brandywell on Friday last.
It’s understood the “Candy Stripes” agreed a nominal compensation fee for the club’s joint top scorer from last season.
However, while both the player and the club had hoped that McDaid would be in a position to at least occupy a place on the bench against Gillingham in the 1-1 result on Satudray, the player’s international clearance was not received in time.