Derry City not in for Elding

The Brandywell football stadium. 3003JM63
The Brandywell football stadium. 3003JM63

Despite speculation, Derry City have NOT been in negotiations with former Sligo Rovers and Cork City striker, Anthony Elding.

The bustling hitman, who arrived in the League of Ireland last season with Sligo Rovers, spent some time on the books of Cork City before the arrival of John Caulfield.

However, reports that the Brandywell club had expressed an interest are unfounded according to a Derry City source.

“We had been aware of the player’s availability at the start of the season, but we opted not to pursue any interest,” confirmed the source.

Meanwhile, having arrived back in Derry during the early hours of last Saturday morning, new manager, Peter Hutton, is expected to have individual discussions with a few members of his playing staff this week.

“Obviously, the former manager had brought players in and I’ve no doubt those players will have questions for me as well,” said Hutton last night.

“A united dressing room is a priority as far as I’m concerned and I’m only interested in those who are prepared to give 100 per cent to Derry City,” he added.

And while Hutton has certainly clocked up the miles with that arduous trip to Turner’s Cross, the Derry boss will be on the road again tonight as he travels to Dundalk to watch Friday night’s visitors to the Brandywell, Drogheda United, play Stephen Kenny’s side in a Co. Louth derby fixture.

For Friday night’s game, Hutton must plan without the services of his captain, Cliff Byrne, who has received a one match suspension from the Discipline Committee having gathered four yellow card cautions.