RODDY COLLINS is on the verge of signing former Hibernians defender, Tim Clancy who, he claims, can have a major influence on his new-look Derry City squad.
The Brandywell boss will hold talks with the 29 year-old Co. Meath native today and he’s confident Clancy will become his third signing of the close season within the next 48 hours.
Clancy has had spells with Millwall and Scottish Premier League clubs Kilmarnock and Motherwell before signing with Pat Fenlon’s Hibs in the summer of 2012.
And Collins believes the out-of-contract defender, who can operate in any defensive position, can be as influential to the Derry City defence next season as striker, Rory Patterson is to the ‘Candy Stripes’ attack!
“I’d like to get this put to bed soon because Tim would be as equally important to the team as someone like Rory Patterson is,” claimed Collins.
“Rory’s important because of his goals ratio and defensively we really need a bit of experience.
“Shane McEleney and Ryan McBride have done a brilliant job but you need experience and competition in that area and Tim will certainly bring that,” he added.
In fact, Collins has been busy formulating the spine of his new-look side with the re-signing of Patterson and the addition of Danny Ventre from Sligo Rovers earlier this month.
And he feels former Republic of Ireland U19 international, Clancy, will strengthen his defensive options.
“I’ve been chasing Tim for a while now. He joined Hibs from Motherwell and did alright under Pat Fenlon, but he sustained a bit of a knee injury and he didn’t recover the way he wanted.
“Terry Butcher (Hibs’ new boss) indicated that he was willing to let Tim go and before Christmas myself, Terry and Tim sat down to have a chat about the situation.
“Tim got back to me last night and said he was interested in sitting down and talking to me, so I’m going to get onto that straight away.
“He’s a top class professional. He’s a winner, he’s married and the father of three children. “
And Collins doesn’t envisage any problems with Clancy relocating to Foyleside.
“He already indicated that he’s willing to move over,” he revealed. “He’s from Co. Meath so he’s looking to move back over and live closer to home.
“I know there’s another club or two in for him, but I was first to come to meet him so, hopefully, I can back it up now with a proper deal.
“I’ll be trying to tie that up over the next 48 hours. You never know how these things go. I have a value on Tim and he’s a top man in my opinion but I also have an obligation to the club to work within the constraints of the budget which I’m going to do.”
Clancy’s spell at Easter Road was plagued by injury and he spent five months on the sidelines with a groin problem.
However, Collins is confident he will be ready to slot straight into his team at the Brandywell and sees him as a ready-made replacement for Stewart Greacen.
Meanwhile, Collins also confirmed French Guinanian international, Marvin Torvic, will be arriving in Derry ahead of the City’s pre-season training while Cork man, Leon McSweeney, who currently plays for Carlisle United, could also be on his way to Brandywell.
Torvic (25), who plys his trade in the third tier of the Finnish league with PS Kemi, will join up with the Derry squad in the second week of January.
”We’ve booked his flight this morning so he’ll be coming over for pre-season and he’s keen to sign but I want to see how he settles. He’s got pace and is very intelligent both on and off the pitch. He’s played nine times for the international side so he knows his stuff. He can play midfield, centre-back and right-back so he covers plenty of areas.
“And I’ve another player I’ve been speaking to as well - Leon McSweeney - a right sided player who can play fullback as well,” he concluded.