WHILE former Derry City midfielders, Gareth McGlynn and Ruaidhri Higgins, remain in limbo as far as their immediate futures are concerned, it’s believed their current club, Bohemians, is close to resolving their difficulties.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
But until the high profile and well documented difficulties associated with the Dalymount Park side have been sorted, neither player is in a position to sign for another club.
With both McGlynn and Higgins believed to be owed several weeks’ wages, it is known that other Airtricity clubs have since entered the fray in relation to offering them contracts elsewhere.
In fact, Shamrock Rovers boss, Michael O’Neill, is the late manager understood to have expressed an interest in attracting McGlynn to the Tallaght Stadium while Sporting Final manager, Liam Buckley, is believed to have approached Higgins offering the Limavady terms for the 2011 campaign.
However, sources close to the Brandywell club claim that both players would prefer to return to their former stomping ground but team boss, Stephen Kenny, refuses to confirm any such movement.
Contacted last night, the Dubliner would only state: “I’ve made no secret of the fact that if both players became available, then of course I would be interested in signing them.
“I’ve already stated in the past that I rate both players highly, but until their situations with Bohemians is resolved, my hands are tied.
“I’ve read recent speculation in newspapers that other clubs have expressed an intereset in both Gareth and Ruaidhri, but they remain players contracted to Bohemians Football Club and until that changes, I really think it would be unprofessional of me to comment any further,” added Kenny.
Meanwhile, Derry City neighbours, Finn Hraps, have been busy in the transfer market with the news that former Brandywell and Sligo midfielder, Conor O’Grady, has jointed the Ballybofey club.
The former captain of the ‘Bit O’Red’ has been training with James Gallagher’s side over the past week and it’s possible that O’Grady could make his first appearance against his former club tomorrow (Saturday) at the Finn Valley Centre in Ballybofey, Harps’ opening pre-season fixture. (Kick-off: 2.00 p.m.)
And the 30-year-old would provide an experienced dimension to the Donegal side’s central midfeld area, according to manager James Gallagher.
“Conor is a good lad and one who has great experience,” noted the Harps’ boss. “He looks to be enjoying training with us at the moment. He’s vocal and helps out a lot.
“And there’s no doubt that his experience would be a real help to the likes of Tommy Bonner, Raymond Foy and Mark Forker and we hope to sign him.
“At the minute, however, there are a couple of other clubs after him but he seems to be enjoying his time with us so, hopefully, we can complete the deal in the near future,” added Gallagher.
Gallagher will experiment throughout the pre-season fixtures and following tomorrow’s game, Harps will host Derry City on Sunday week, February 6th, the “Candy Stripes” first pre-season fixture prior to the Airtricity League Premier Division kick-off on Friday, March 4th next.