KENNY Shiels is fully aware of Derry City’s failings in front of goal last season, but he believes new signing, Jordan Allan, can go some way to solving the club’s goalscoring problems next season.
The ‘Candy Stripes’ registered just 32 goals from 33 league games last season and the Derry City boss has stressed the difficulties in identifying the right man in the transfer market to lead his team from the front next year.
However, Shiels is confident, former Dundee United striker, Allan will prove to be a welcome addition to his 2016 Derry City panel.
“I looked at last year’s league table and I think the team averaged one goal per game approximately and we have to do better in that department,” said Shiels.
“Jordan is confident and brings that bullish confidence to the dressing room and I’m pleased with that.”
The 20 year-old Scot certainly has an air of confidence about him and he believes he can rough up a few League of Ireland defences next season.
That’s all I’m here to do, to score goals. Defenders might think they can figure me out but I can adapt my game. I’m sure there will be good games and bad games but I’ll always do my best.Jordan Allan
“That’s all I’m here to do, to score goals,” he said confidently. “Defenders might think they can figure me out but I can adapt my game. I’m sure there will be good games and bad games but I’ll always do my best.
“So we’ll see if defenders can handle me,” he smiled.
Allan has been hugely impressed with Derry City and its facilities during the five days he’s been to visit and he believes he can flourish in the League of Ireland after a spell on the sidelines with injury.
“I had a bad injury and missed playing. It was hard for me. I worked really hard off the pitch with my diet and nutrition and everything else and when you see people who don’t work as hard get opportunities it dents your confidence a bit.
“But Kenny spoke to me and said he needed me to come and play and do my best. I played in the friendly game and scored.
“The Foyle Arena is a great training base for us and the facilitate is second to none. All the lads have made us more than welcome and Kenny has been great to us.
“To be honest that’s why myself and Harry (Monaghan) wanted to get our deals sorted before Christmas, to show Kenny how much we wanted to come to Derry City and now that everything is sorted, we can’t wait for pre-season to start in a few weeks time.
“I know this is a good league with a really good standard.
“I can only do my best and hopefully that brings a lot of success to the club.”