Declan Devine will intensify his search for a left sided defender this week having successfully completed the signing of talented winger, Brian McGrory yesterday afternoon.
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The Derry boss was delighted to get the former Wolves Reserve winger on board and replace the void left by Gareth McGlynn’s departure to Australia.
And while he revealed he will run his eye over Celtic left-back, Kieran Brennan - who flew in from Glasgow yesterday morning - over the next few days, he insists he is still on the look-out for a top class replacement for Danny Lafferty.
“At this moment in time the left-back position is the priority,” confirmed Devine. “Working within our budget we’re looking at attracting a quality left-back.
“I’m happy with the squad of players that we have. I said at the start I wouldn’t go out and rush signing anybody and I feel the players we’ve brought to the club are of a high quality.
“Kieran Brennan flew in from Glasgow this morning for a few days training so we’ll see how he gets on. He’ll have a look at the club and we’ll have a look at him but again he comes with a high reputation.
“He’s doing well at Celtic, the problem being that Celtic have no competitive reserve team so they have to cut the amount of players they have.
“He scored the winner in the Under-19 Scottish Cup final at the end of last year and we’ll assess him over the next couple of days.”
As for the addition of McGrory, Devine believes he ‘ticks all the right boxes’ and expects him to make a valuable contribution this season.
“Brian’s a player who we’ve been after for a while. He ticks all the boxes, he’s a local lad, he has the experience of playing in England, he comes with a real hunger to do well for the club. He wants to do well for himself and get back to England some day.
“He’s quick, he’s got a great right foot, good deliveries into the box so he’s the type of player we want to attract to the club and we’re delighted to have him.
“Obviously he’s not match fit but he’s ready to compete with the rest of the squad. We’re not 100 per cent up to speed at this moment in time so it’s a good time for him to come in.
“All the other boys are playing catch-up with their fitness and sharpness so everyone is at the same level.
“He’s signed an initial one year contract and we’ll sit down halfway through the season and re-assess it. The boy has aspirations of going back to England and in my opinion there’s no better club in Ireland to come to if you want to develop your game and have a future in England.
“We’ll be able to showcase the boy’s talents and with the reputation we have of moving players onto to a higher level I think it’s the right club for Brian.”