Monday 22 January 2018

Derry's Ventre swoop spells end for Higgins

Danny Ventre, Sligo Rovers
Danny Ventre, Sligo Rovers
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DERRY CITY's capture of Danny Ventre has ruled out the prospect of Ruaidhri Higgins signing a new contract with the Brandywell club as Roddy Collins continues his winter rebuild.

Ventre, who enjoyed huge success in his six years with the Bit O'Red, has relocated to the Brandywell and will bolster the Candystripes' central midfield, but his arrival means long-serving Higgins is surplus to requirements. Collins has also allowed striker Davy McDaid to sign up with Coleraine.

Elsewhere, Cork City have tied up left-back Danny Murphy for another year. The Englishman is impressed by the early moves of new boss John Caulfield.

"We've signed some quality players. Next season is an opportunity for everyone to show their worth and show how much they want to play for the club," he said.

"I want to be back playing in Europe again. I want to be in the top four and challenging for trophies. I know John has that ambition as well, and that is where I want to be. As a club, we need to be winning things."

Meanwhile, Bohemians are waiting for Jason Byrne to formalise his departure from Bray Wanderers before announcing his imminent switch to the Phibsborough club.

The veteran striker has been persistently linked with a move to the Gypsies under his old team-mate Owen Heary.

Irish Independent

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