SEANAN Clucas is delighted his registration ‘nightmare’ has finally come to an end after enduring a frustrating start to his Derry City career.
The 22 year-old Dungannon man has been forced to watch his new teammates from the sidelines during the opening two games of the season as ‘red tape’ held up his transfer from Linfield.
What should have been a formality turned out to be a long, drawn-out process but he’s eager to hit the ground running now that all the paperwork has been sorted out.
His Derry City career certainly hasn’t got off to the best possible start, and, given his only appearance in pre-season was in the first half of the abandoned -pre-season friendly against Finn Harps, you can understand his frustration.
“It’s just been a bit of a nightmare as I’ve missed the first two games,” said a relieved Clucas last night.
“I’ve been at both games in case there was a possibility of my clearance being sorted.
“Those two games would have been a good opportunity for me to get in there and get established as a Derry City player and get that match fitness that I need.
“It was such a simple matter to sort from what I’m aware of but it’s taken two or three weeks to get sorted and finalised.
“So it’s been frustrating, however, it’s done now.”
And Clucas admits his international clearance couldn’t have come at a better time for both him and Derry City.
It’s just been a bit of a nightmare as I’ve missed the first two games. Those two games would have been a good opportunity for me to get in there and get established as a Derry City player and get that match fitness that I need.Seanan Clucas
With six tough games inside 21 days Clucas’ availability will be welcome news for manager, Peter Hutton and the former Bristol Rovers midfielder is hoping to play his part in that heavy schedule.
“After getting beat last week we have three games in six days coming up,” he said. “With the small squad that we have it’s a bonus, not just for me but for everyone that I’m available to play now.
“The key is getting minutes on the pitch but I have to keep working hard in training and get myself established and do the things right in training and hopefully Peter will pick me to do a job in midfield.”
Despite not being a part of Derry’s opening two games, Clucas has been busy getting to know his new teammates and he feels he’s settling in well.
“I’ve been in training every day and getting to know the lads and the surroundings. I needed the match fitness but I’ve been training every day and it’s been intense for myself and the rest of the lads but I’ve loved every minute of it so far.
“It’s good to get it all sorted now and I’m looking forward to Saturday.
“I think we need to get started a bit better. Second half we’re looking that bit more dangerous so if we can carry that right through games we’ll cause a lot of teams problems.”