Derry to Bolster Squad

Updated: January 7, 2012

Following his appointment as manager of Derry City, Declan Devine immediately stressed the importance of recruiting players in order to boost his first team squad.

Derry have lost a number of high-profile senior players, which has been a cause for concern among the Brandywell faithful.

Among the departed is Eamon Zayed, last year’s top goalscorer and PFAI Player of the Year, who has joined Persepolis Tehran as well as Scottish defender Stewart Greacen who was snapped up by Belfast club, Glentoran.

Gareth McGlynn has left the club for Australia, while James McClean left the club for Sunderland in the late summer of 2011.

Derry have also lost the services of former Republic of Ireland under 19 international Ruairi Harkin who has signed for Coleraine and defender Emmett Friars who has opted to join Dungannon Swifts.

Devine, however, has stressed that he and his assistant manager Paul Hegarty will commit themselves to finding the right players to come in and replace those players.

“We’ve lost four talented players out of four positions, so we have to look at that.”, said Devine at the press conference announcing his appointment.

“We’ll scour wherever we need to scour and we’ll try to get the players who best fit the bill for this club.

“Hopefully we will fill those gaps with players of an equal talent, if not better. We’re confident that we can achieve that.”

Devine also hinted that he was very pleased with the youth structures which are in place with the club and paid tribute to the youth team of Derry City by saying that if a player is good enough, there will be no hesitation to bring them through.

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