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Ex-Rovers duo linked with Derry


David Elebert. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

David Elebert. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

David Elebert. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

DERRY CITY boss Roddy Collins is considering a move for former Shamrock Rovers duo David Elebert and Shane O'Connor.

Having overseen nine departures from last season's squad Collins is keen to strengthen ahead of the 2014 campaign. Enda Curran, Roddy Collins Jnr, Danny Ventre, Ciaran Gallagher and Mark Stewart have already been signed up while Collins is tracking a number of trialists.

Irish lads Clifford Byrne and Tim Clancy and Leon McSweeney could move to Derry following long spells in Britain, while defenders Elebert and O'Connor are also options. Elebert was released by Rovers at the end of last season while O'Connor has been lining out in the Irish League with Portadown.

"We're having a look at both and there are few other players who have been on the phone, through their agents, in relation to playing in the League of Ireland next season," says Collins.



Wolves expect Kevin Doyle to remain at Molineux for the rest of the season as proposed bids for the Ireland man have yet to come through.

Doyle, out of favour at Wolves under Kenny Jackett this season, was linked with a move to Middlesbrough, who are also considering a deal to make Shay Given's loan move from Aston Villa a permanent one, but so far no formal bid has come through.

The Wexford lad has been demoted to the bench recently, with just one start in the last six games, but boss Jackett said: "He certainly is a professional and a mature person, always on time and I'd assume he lives his life right.

"That hasn't changed over recent weeks. I'm sure he's disappointed to be out of the team, as everybody should be, but in terms of maintenance, he knows his way around the club and trains very well."