Derry City boss Declan Devine looking to strengthen squad

Derry City manager Declan Devine admits he will have to strengthen his squad ahead of any potential league restart despite his frustration that there had been no confirmation of the resumption of the 2020 campaign.
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The FAI and the Premier and First Division clubs have set an 18-game season, due to kick off again on July 31st, and after weeks of talks between clubs and the FAI it’s hoped that next month’s restart will finally get the thumbs up tomorrow, much to Devine’s delight.

The City boss looks set to lose loanee, Adam Liddle, while it’s believed talks are continuing with Sheffield United and Hull City over Stephen Mallon and Danny Lupano respectively.

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“Hopefully there’s a league to go back to and then obviously we have a European game in August, but while we are in training at the minute, we still have to make sure that we strengthen our squad,” insisted Devine.

Declan Devine, Derry City manager.Declan Devine, Derry City manager.
Declan Devine, Derry City manager.

“We have to bring more bodies in again but because of the loan thing, it’s a case of waiting on what happens in regards to the league.

“Yes, I’m happy with the squad of players I have but it’s just tieing up the loan moves and seeing where we are with them all.

“As I said, I’m happy with the squad we have and all the players are working hard but we just have to sort the loan players and we can’t do anything until there’s confirmation that the league is sorted.”

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