DERRY CITY manager, Peter Hutton insists he’s not yet finished adding to his squad after making Shamrock Rovers defender Rob Cornwall his latest summer signing yesterday morning.
The versatile 20 year-old joins the Brandywell club on loan until the end of the season after struggling to nail down a regular place in Pat Fenlon’s vastly experienced ‘Hoops’ side.
His signing comes hot on the heels of the capture of striker, Mark Quigley last Monday as Hutton continues to bolster his squad in preparation for a relegation scrap.
The ‘Candy Stripes’ find themselves in the dreaded relegation play-off spot after Saturday’s defeat to Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds but Hutton is confident his side can get out of trouble.
The Derry boss was delighted to make Cornwall his second summer signing and while he refused to identify further targets he admitted he isn’t finished delving into the Transfer Market just yet.
“Hopefully we may have another one or so,” said Hutton. “Other clubs are weighing up various options so we’ll just keep playing it by ear but hopefully we will have another new addition.”
Cork City’s highly rated midfielder, Gavan Holohan, who was an unused substitute when the ‘Leesiders’ defeated Derry 2-0 at Brandywell at the end of June is the latest to be linked with a move to Foyleside.
The former Hull City and Drogheda midfielder finds himself on the fringes of John Caulfield’s squad at present but Hutton doesn’t believe Derry could compete with other intersted parties should he become available.
“We know Gavan and he’s a very good player but I know there’s a number of clubs interested in him like St Pat’s, Sligo and all the rest.
“Gavan is a player I know and we played against him last year when he was with Drogheda. He hasn’t had as much game time at Cork as he would like but I don’t like talking about other clubs’ players if they’re still a signed player.
Hopefully we may have another one or so (signings). Other clubs are weighing up various options so we’ll just keep playing it by ear but hopefully we will have another new addition.Peter Hutton
“He’s not the only one out of favour at Cork at the minute because they have a huge budget and with the wages those boys are on I would doubt very much we would be able to afford them.”
Hutton is hoping the loan signing of Cornwall will appease certain sections of the Derry City support who are growing increasingly frustrated with recent results and the club’s worrying position.
He’s urged his young side to stick together and is hopeful the recent additions to the squad can help bring some much needed confidence and some healthy competition to his team.
“It’s important we stick together,” he said. “I don’t do social media at all. I never have and never will. But I can understand everyone’s frustration and anger given the situation we’re in.We have to get on with it. We know we have a very young team and we don’t have the biggest squad but we have to stick together and we will turn the corner - I’ve no doubt about that.
“While it’s not nice at the moment it’s important the fans get behind these young players because they need them more than ever.
“If we get a result on Friday night the whole complexion will change. It’s a huge game for everyone concerned.”