Derry City: Shiels hopeful of adding at least two new faces to squad

Kenny Shiels is hopeful of adding at least two new faces to his squad next week.
Kenny Shiels is hopeful of adding at least two new faces to his squad next week.

DERRY CITY manager, Kenny Shiels has urged the club’s supporters to be patient amid growing disquiet over the club’s lack of transfer business.

Following the departure of Patrick McEleney to Dundalk this week, Shiels is aware of the concerns of supporters.

The club have re-signed 11 players from last season’s squad but they remain the only acquisitions so far and Shiels has yet to bring in any fresh blood.

However, the Magherafelt man insists he’s busy working behind the scenes in an effort to improve his squad for the 2016 season.

And, with the compensation fee from the McEleney deal added to the budget, the club is poised to offer contracts to at least two of the four trialists who played a part in the 1-4 victory over Limavady United last Tuesday night.

Shiels is keen to pursue his interest in Danish right back, Niclas Vemmelund, midfielder, Harry Monaghan and striker, Jordan Allen and is hopeful of sealing deals early next week.

Vemmelund opened the scoring against the ‘Roesiders’ on Tuesday with a powerful header while Allen doubled the advantage in the second half with a cool finish after out-sprinting the home defence.

Shantallow teenager, Dean Brown added two late goals from the right wing to seal the win and he could also have played his way into the manager’s plans for the forthcoming campaign.

“I don’t want the fans to be concerned before we kick a ball,” said Shiels. “Wait until you see the finished product,” said Shiels.

“We need positivity around the place and want people to understand the steps we’re taking and how quickly we can climb them.

“We need the fans to get behind us and support the young players. I’m working on trying to sign at least two of the four players on trial on Tuesday night. Talks are ongoing with the two Scottish lads and the Danish defender.

“Harry Monaghan (22) is an industrious midfield player,” continued Shiels. “He keeps the ball very well and Jordan Allen (20) and has played with Dundee United. He has great presence in the final third and he’s a player we can develop and improve.

“I’m talking with Niclas tomorrow again so hopefully we can make progress and get them over to sign next week.”