Stewart ‘over moon’ to have signed for Derry City

� David Young
� David Young

New Derry City signing Mark Stewart says he is “over the moon” to have signed for the Candy Stripes.

The 25 year old striker joins Derry after being released by Kilmarnock and signs on a one year deal.

“I’m over the moon to have signed for Derry City. I was invited over for some pre-season training by Roddy a couple of weeks ago and all went very well,” Stewart says.

“I was very impressed with the management team’s enthusiasm and the professional nature of the club. If I’m honest I have never really seen the League of Ireland but from training with the lads for a week I’m very impressed with the quality of the entire squad.

“There seems to be a great mixture of senior and youth players and they have all helped me feel part of the squad. Obviously as a striker you are judged on goals and with Rory being last season’s top goalscorer the pressure is on me to meet those standards.”

European football was a big draw for the striker.

“The draw of Europa League football was also a big factor, I missed out playing in the competition a few years ago due to injury and this is the year I want to put that behind me. I’m looking forward to moving over to Derry next week and a new chapter will start then.

“I can’t wait to be part of it”

City boss Roddy Collins says he has been impressed with Stewart’s pace , skill, enthusiasm and attitude.

“Mark came to us through a very reliable source that has been very good in the past so I knew what I was going to get. During his trial with us I was very impressed with his enthusiasm and his attitude.”

“He has tremendous pace and skill which was exactly what I was looking for. He’s a great lad that fitted in with the squad as soon as he arrived. As far as I’m concerned he ticked all the boxes for me and Mark will get better and better as the season goes on.”

Stewart is Collins’ fifth signing since taking charge of the Candy Stripes following Roddy Collins Junior, Enda Curran, Danny Ventre and Ciaran Gallagher to Brandywell.