McDaid linked with move to Fleetwood Town

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography -  October 7th 2012. ''FAI Ford Cup semi-final at Brandywell Stadium. Derry City V Shelbourne.  Derry's David McDaid celebrates after scoring.'''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - October 7th 2012. ''FAI Ford Cup semi-final at Brandywell Stadium. Derry City V Shelbourne. Derry's David McDaid celebrates after scoring.'''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry City striker, Davy McDaid, will go on trial with English League Two side, Fleetwood Town, next week, The Sunday Journal understands.

McDaid’s, 21, contract with the Brandywell club finished at the end of the 2012 season and The Sunday Journal understands that he has been offered a new deal. However, newly promoted Fleetwood Town are believed to be interested in signing the former Tristar F.C. player and it is believed that the player will travel there later today.

A source close to the club said: “Yes, it’s true. Davy [McDaid] is going there [Fleetwood] for a trial.

“He has been offered a new contract by Derry City but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

McDaid enjoyed his most prolific season for Derry this year, scoring 17 goals in all competitions for the Foylesiders.

Fleetwood Town are managed by former Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool player, Micky Mellon.

Former Rangers captain, Barry Ferguson, is currently on-loan at Fleetwood from Blackpool and Northern Ireland international, Conor McLaughlin, also plays for the club.

The Sunday Journal made attempts to ask both Davy McDaid and Derry City F.C. to comment on the story, both of which were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Derry City winger, Stephen McLaughlin will join Nottingham Forest for a trial next week.

It’s believed that negotiations between the two clubs are on going.

The Sunday Journal understands Derry City F.C. will not stand in the player’s way should he decide to leave the club and Forest manager, Sean O’Driscoll, is known to be a keen admirer of the Donegal man’s skills on the left wing.

Should the transfer go through for the 22 year-old, it could earn Derry City 200,000 euros with added payments to made based on appearances and international caps.

Elsewhere, Sunderland boss, Martin O’Neill has said that he is prepared to drop Derry-born footballer James McClean from the starting XI in order to help him deal with the challenges he is facing this season.

“I’ve still no doubt that James will come through an interesting time in his career and be absolutely fine,” said O’Neill.

“I think sometimes the substitutes’ bench is maybe my way of rotating.

“We don’t have the same facility to rotate as maybe some of the bigger clubs do.

“But sometimes, maybe just stepping out of it and having a look at it from the outside can refresh you and get you going again.

“I can’t even call it a rest because he has come on both games.”