Former Cardiff City striker and Stoke City midfielder sign for Derry City

New Derry City signings, Ibrahim Meite and Jake Dunwoody.New Derry City signings, Ibrahim Meite and Jake Dunwoody.
New Derry City signings, Ibrahim Meite and Jake Dunwoody.
DECLAN Devine has strengthened his Derry City squad with a double swoop days ahead of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division restart.

The City boss unveiled 24 year-old former Cardiff City striker, Ibrahim Meite and ex-Stoke City central midfielder, Jake Dunwoody (21) until the end of the current season.

Meite was signed by former Cardiff City boss, Neil Warnock from Isthmian League Premier Division side Harrow Borough, signing his first pro contract in January 2017.

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At the end of that campaign, he made his one and only senior appearance for the Bluebirds, coming on as a substitute for Craig Noone during a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic.

Following a loan spell with Crawley Town, Meite was released by City in February 2019. He returned to Crawley on a permanent deal in February 2019.

After failing to break into the League Two side, Meite was again sent on loan to Woking in August 2019 before being sent to Bulgarian Second Division side Pirin Blagoevgrad back in March.

Upon return from Bulgaria, where he made one appearance, Crawley announced he would leave the club.

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"Ibrahim was signed by Neil Warnock for Cardiff City," said City boss, Devine. "He’s very strong, very direct, exactly what we need. Somebody to lead the line.”

Northern Ireland U21 international, Dunwoody, who played alongside City duo, Eoin Toal and Nathan Gartside in the international set-up, was released by Stoke earlier this summer.

"I spoke to (Northern Ireland manager) Ian Baraclough about Jake," added Devine. "He’s quality, really looking forward to seeing him playing. He gives us great options in the middle of the park.”

Dunwoody and Meite join Adam Hamill and James Akintunde as the new faces at the Brandywell.

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