‘Brace yourself for a rocky ride’ - Shiels

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DERRY CITY supporters should brace themselves for a ‘rocky journey’ ahead of the 2016 season according to manager, Kenny Shiels.

The Derry boss claims his first season in charge will be focussed on rebuilding and insists the Brandywell club don’t have the financial muscle to compete for the league title.

LOI, Derry City v Bray Wanderers, 20-9-13'Derry City's Ryan Curran against Bray at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � by-line

LOI, Derry City v Bray Wanderers, 20-9-13'Derry City's Ryan Curran against Bray at the Brandywell on Friday night. Picture Margaret McLaughlin � by-line

However, he’s confident that, given time, he can develop a team capable of challenging the likes of Dundalk, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at the top of the Premier Division table.

“We’re trying to design a brand of football which allows the players to express themselves,” claimed Shiels.

“We want to play entertaining football but we have to get real and look at how we’re going to move the club on during a transitional period.

No Short Term Fix

If the fans want someone to come in and have the club top of the league in May and fighting relegation in November - then I’m not your man!

Kenny Shiels

“If the fans want someone to come in and have the club top of the league in May and fighting relegation in November - then I’m not your man!

“It’s a building process and there will be lots of fluctuation. It will be a rocky journey but I can envisage long-term sustainability.

“That’s the way I work and I think that’s what’s best for this club. I don’t think we have the ammunition, i.e. the budget, to be challenging for the title immediately.

“But through good infrastructure and player development processes I expect to get there in two or three seasons.”

Curran joins Harps

Meanwhile, striker, Ryan Curran claims he left Derry City for a new challenge and was delighted to agree terms with newly promoted Finn Harps this week.

The 22-year-old is a son of former Harps and Derry defender, Paul, and he became Ollie Horgan’s 10th signing ahead of the 2016 campaign.

“As soon as Ollie contacted me I felt this was an opportunity for me to take the next step in my career,” Curran said.

“I am delighted that Ollie and Finn Harps have put their faith in me and I feel this move will give me the chance to really make my mark in the League of Ireland.”

Curran scored seven goals in 24 first team appearances for City.