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Byrne on City's radar following raft of departures

RODDY COLLINS will try to bring former Ireland U21 cap Clifford Byrne to Derry City.

The Brandywell boss is assembling a new squad for the 2014 season with major changes from last year's panel, Ruaidhrí Higgins (now Dundalk) among the major departures from the club in the off season. Collins currently has a number of trialists at the club but a move for Dubliner Byrne, a free agent since his exit from Oldham last week, is on the cards.

Now 31, Byrne started out as a trainee with Sunderland but spent the majority of his career with Scunthorpe, joining Oldham in 2012.

"I know all about Cliff. His agent has made contact with me to tell that he wished to return home and would be prepared to sign a contract until July, and then we would take it from there," said Collins.

The Derry boss is looking to add to his squad with contract offers on the way for a number of trialists, including long-serving Sligo Rovers man Iarfhlaith Davoren and Tim Clancy, who has just left SPL side Hibernian.

"Simon Madden, Michael Rafter, Davy McDaid, Eoghan Osborne, Stewart Greacen and Eugene Ferry all left Derry of their own accord, while three players – Ruaidhrí Higgins, Mark Griffin and Thomas Crawley – were released by myself," said Collins.

OFFERS

"I HAVE DECIDED TO BRING IN A NUMBER OF PLAYERS KNOWN TO ME AND, OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS, I WILL BE MAKING OFFERS TO CLIFF BYRNE, MARK STEWART, IARFHLAITH DAVOREN AND TIM CLANCY TO JOIN."

Drogheda United have added to their squad ahead of the new term with the capture of Daire Doyle from Bray Wanderers.

Doyle has played for Longford Town and Bray since he returned to Ireland following a spell with Coventry City, and United boss Robbie Horgan is glad to have a player of Doyle's experience.

"I'm very happy to have Daire on board. He has really impressed in the recent training sessions and in the game the other night against Glebe," said Horgan.

"He is very vocal, brings huge experience into the side and I know he will be a great asset."


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