It appears highly unlikely that former Arsenal youth player, Patrick Cregg, will be joining Derry City this season.
The player who had travelled to the Brandywell an impressed when taking part in a special behind closed doors challenge match, would prefer to remain in Scotland having spent the last few days on trial with St. Johnstone.
And while terms have yet to be offered by “Saints” boss, Steve Lomas, Cregg has agreed to remain with the club until tomorrow to see if agreement can be reached.
“Patrick has been in touch and I can’t see him signing for us,” confirmed Devine last night. “He’s been in talks with Steve Lomas who has promised him a decision this Wednesday (tomorrow).
“Patrick has made it clear to me that he wishes to remain in Scottish football and having done well at St. Johnstone over the past few days, I expect him to sign a deal at that club this week.”
The Derry boss said he would continue to speak to other individuals interested in coming to Derry but having already signed a new centre forward following the injury to current No. 1, Rory Patterson, Devine said his hands were tied.
“We had to act quickly to secure a replacement following Rory’s injury and while that move saw the budget reduced, it limits the number of new players. We’re still talking to people who may be interested in coming to us, but we’ll not be diving in to sign anyone just yet.
“With Barry Molloy and Patrick McEleney hopefully returning to full training this week, that will give us a massive boost as we prepare to host the league leaders, Sligo Rovers, this Friday night.
“They are both key players and with Conor Murphy and Marc Brolly also expected to join the squad, it will be nice to have a few extra bodies available on the night,” concluded Devine.