Too good to turn down

Barry Molloy is set to open talks with his old club Derry City about a return to Brandywell this week.
Barry Molloy is set to open talks with his old club Derry City about a return to Brandywell this week.

BARRY MOLLOY insists he would find it extremely difficult to reject an offer to return to Derry City, should Kenny Shiels come calling.

And while the Derry City boss refused to comment on mounting speculation linking Molloy with a return to Brandywell Stadium, it’s understood the club could open negotiations as early as this week.

The former “Candy Striped” skipper is out of contract since parting ways with Irish League club, Crusaders recently, however, he is considering his options regarding his next move and has several offers on the table.

The 32 year-old had struggled with injuries during his time at Seaview and while he certainly fits the bill for Shiels in terms of experience, any offer would be expected to be heavily conditioned.

Molloy, who spent 10 years at the Brandywell, admits a return to his old stomping ground is something that he would definitely consider.

“It’s something that would interest me,” said Molloy. “Everyone knows what Derry City means to me and what the club has done for me in the past.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with supporters during my time there. I haven’t spoken with Kenny (Shiels) but I would be interested to see what he has to say and to see what they think I can offer the team.

“Derry is my club and it would be very, very hard to turn down a return.”

Shiels, who added young Scots, Jordan Allan (20) and Harry Monaghan (22) to the squad last Friday, believes there is an inbalance in terms of the age of his current panel.

And the addition of Molloy, who knows everything about the League of Ireland and Derry City, would certainly be a move which would make sense.

“Derry have lost a lot of good players and good experienced players in the last two years.

“You can never have enough experience and obviously I come into that category,” added Molloy.

“For me it’s an exciting time for Derry City. It’s basically a clean slate with Kenny coming in from the outside.

“He’s bringing in players who people in Derry probably don’t know a lot about and if he got four or five more players like that, you just don’t know where it can take the club.

“Kenny is a very experienced manager and I’m sure he has plenty of ideas for the club.”