SHANE McEleney appears to be attracting more attention than Derry City’s second transfer listed player, Rory Patterson, if the League of Ireland rumour mill is to be believed.
Indeed, highly respected sources in Dublin have suggested that the towering centre-back is now interesting St. Patrick’s Athletic who put Derry City to the sword in the 2014 FAI Cup Final.
While Shamrock Rovers and Limerick have been given permission to speak to both players, Galway United and Sligo Rovers had also made approaches in relation to McEleney’s current position.
However, Sligo boss, Owen Heary, is understood to have since agreed terms with former Limerick defender, Stephen Folan which is believed to have diluted any further interest from the ‘Bit O’Red.’
New Galway boss, Tommy Dunne, also made contact with his former club enquiring about McEleney’s availability, but nothing seems to have materialised on that front either.
However, interest from the Dublin Southside club, could well prove interesting given that Hull City appear to be keen on attracting the services of Pat’s accomplished young centre-half, Sean Hoare.
Sources in Dublin have claimed that St. Pat’s had made contact with Derry City seeking permission to speak with McEleney.
And with SteveBruce having already signed Cork City youngster, Brian Lenihan, for what is understood to be a bargain basement transfer fee in Premiership terms, he is now keen to add a central defender given that Republic of Ireland international, Paul McShane, is currently out of favour.
And it comes as no surprise that Hoare remains on Hull’s horizon as he had been watched during last November’s FAI Cup Final against the “Candy Stripes” in the Aviva Stadium.
Voted last season’s St. Pat’s “Young Player of the Year,” the 21-years-old has impressed in the company of the club’s experienced centre-half, Kenny Browne.
“Hull have already been in contact with St. Pat’s in relation to signing Sean Hoare during the British Transfer Window, which opens this Thursday,” confirmed the source.
“And, therefore, St. Pat’s hope to add another centre-back to the first team panel if the move materialises,” he added.
I failed to make contact with either the player or, indeed, Derry City boss, Peter Hutton, last night to confirm the speculation.
However, it is understood that both McEleney and, indeed, the club’s top striker, Rory Patterson, remain on the Brandywell club’s books.
Both players have a year remaining in their respective contracts and while that remains the case, it’s doubtful if team boss, Hutton, will be adding any new faces to his squad for 2015.
Indeed, Hutton had made it abundantly clear over recent weeks that he cannot offer deals to new players until he succeeds in getting others off the wage bill.
THREE DECEMBER MONTHLY DRAW WINNERS
Meanwhile, Derry City’s Monthly Draw Committee produced three prizewinners of £1,000 each following the annual Christmas Draw.
The lucky winners were - ticket no. 584, Tony Brown, The Meadows, Derry; no. 421, John Duddy, Woodbrook, Derry and no. 468, Niall Conway, Antrim.