Elebert to sign tomorrow

Derry City manager Roddy Collins
Derry City manager Roddy Collins

Derry City will sign former Hamilton Academical F.C. defender, David Elebert, should he pass a medical examination tomorrow morning.

Elebert, 27, is a versatile defender and can play as a central defender as well at both right and left back.

The former Shamrock Rovers player has been on trial with the Candy Stripes for the last two weeks and Derry boss, Roddy Collins, believes he can bring great experience to the team.

“The team is shaping up nicely and should everything go according to plan on Monday, David Elebert will join too.

“David has impressed me during his time with us but like I have said before I want to make sure the player is fit,” he said.

Collins made a point of a praising fitness coach Pierce Lafferty and club physiotherapist, Michael Hegarty for helping him with the transfer process.

“It’s easy to identify players and I know of managers who have agreed contracts with players over the phone without even checking them out physically.

“Michael Hegarty and Pierce Lafferty have been absolutely brilliant. Not only with the work they did with David Elebert but with the work they have done with every player - they are a real asset to this team.

“I can’t convey to you how great managing this team has been for me so far. Nothing is an obstacle and I’ve never worked in such a co-operative environment.”

If Elebert does sign for Derry tomorrow afternoon he will become Collins’ eighth new signing since he took over from Declan Devine in November.

When asked if he envisages a ninth signing he refused to rule the prospect out.

“If David’s deal goes through then that might be enough but there’s a player I am really keen on and I still have a bit of the budget left over. The player in question is tied to another club at the minute but with a bit of luck he could get that sorted out.

“I am concentrating on the deal with David at the moment and if that goes through I may or may not start going after that other player. We will just have to wait and see.”

Derry City take on Glentoran at the Brandywell on Tuesday evening in a pre-season friendly. All of the proceeds from the game will be donated to former player and all time club top goal scorer, Mark Farren, who is currently receiving radiotherapy treatment after undergoing brain surgery on a tumour in December.

“We have every intention of doing all that we can for Mark Farren.

“Obviously I wasn’t manager when Mark was here but I know all about what he did for this club.

“Mark Farren was an excellent player and if we, as a club, can do anything to help him, we most certainly will,” said Collins.”

Derry City v Glentoran is at the Brandywell on Tuesday evening, kick-0ff 7.45pm.