McDaid to sign for Fleetwood Town

FAI Ford Cup Third Round, UCD Bowl, Dublin 24/8/2012'UCD vs Derry City'Derry City's David McDaid celebrates scoring the first goal with teammates'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***
FAI Ford Cup Third Round, UCD Bowl, Dublin 24/8/2012'UCD vs Derry City'Derry City's David McDaid celebrates scoring the first goal with teammates'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy *** Local Caption ***

Derry City forward, David McDaid, is close to signing for League Two side, Fleetwood Town, the Sunday Journal understands.

McDaid’s, 21, contract with the Brandywell club finished at the end of the 2012 season and two weeks ago the Sunday Journal revealed that the striker had agreed to join Fleetwood Town for a trial.

Airtricity League Premier Division, Richmond Park, Dublin 21/10/2011'St. Patrick's Athletic vs Derry City'Derry's Stephen McLaughlin celebrates scoring the equaliser'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan *** Local Caption ***

Airtricity League Premier Division, Richmond Park, Dublin 21/10/2011'St. Patrick's Athletic vs Derry City'Derry's Stephen McLaughlin celebrates scoring the equaliser'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan *** Local Caption ***

It is believed that Derry City manager, Declan Devine, offered the striker a new contract a few weeks ago but the former Tristar F.C. player opted for the trial with newly promoted Fleetwood before making up his mind.

McDaid was one of Derry City’s most skilled players last season and scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Foylesiders.

Meanwhile, sources close to Derry City have said that winger Stephen McLaughlin has impressed at Nottingham Forest and a deal to make the move permanent is only days away.

McLaughlin, 22, was Derry City’s standout player last season and after travelling to the City Ground for a trial two weeks ago it is believed that he has impressed Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll.

“The trial went well as far as I am concerned and the Forest manager said I had done well, there’s not much more I can do now and I suppose the next move will depend on any talks between the two clubs,” said McLaughlin earlier this week.

“I think I acquitted myself well over there and having seen the standard, I feel I could play at that level. It was a step-up from what I am used to, the pace was a lot quicker in training but I didn’t feel out of place at all.

“They haven’t said that there’s a contract there for me on the table and something will only happen if the clubs come to an agreement. I have a year left on my contract with Derry and as far as I am concerned I am a Derry City player until I am told otherwise.”

Clonmany man, McLaughlin, refused to take anything for granted and added that should nothing come of his trial with Forest he will focus his mind on helping Derry City in Europe next season.

“If nothing happens I’d be intent on doing even better for Derry City next year, we have a big season ahead of us with European qualification on top of everything else,” he added.

It is believed that should McLaughlin join Sean O’Driscoll’s Forest, Derry City would receive a transfer fee in the region of £200,000.

Elsewhere, former Derry City player James McClean will find out if extra training sessions paid off when Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill names his starting XI for today’s game again Sunderland.

“James McClean and a couple of the other lads came in on their day off this week to practice,” said Kilrea born O’Neill.

“It’s all about taking what you do in practice into game situations.

“It’s not always easy, but the key is just to work hard and repeat and repeat and repeat until things eventually do.”

Sunderland take on Norwich City at Carrow Road today. Kick-off 4pm, live on Sky Sports.