Derry City boss Declan Devine has bolstered his injury-hit squad by completing the signings of former Monaghan United striker Conor Murphy and midfielder Marc Brolly from Dungannon Swifts.
The Candystripes have seen several key members of their squad sidelined for lengthy periods with injury and the news that Rory Patterson will be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem prompted Devine to dip into the transfer market.
Murphy joins up with the Foylesiders after being released by Mons when they withdrew from the Airtricity League a fortnight ago. The 19-year-old spent a short period at Championship club Middlesbrough before returning to Ireland and playing for Shamrock Rovers’ under-20 side. The Monaghan-born forward joined Bray Wanderers for the 2011 season and scored a brace on his debut, netting eight goals in 28 appearances for the Seagulls in all.
The Republic of Ireland U19 international will add firepower to Derry’s front line in the absence of Patterson. It is understood that Derry got in ahead of several other clubs including Cork City and St Patrick’s Athletic to secure the signature of Murphy.
Midfielder Marc Brolly has also put pen to paper on a short-term contract until the end of the season at the Brandywell. The Strabane-born player captained Derry’s U21 side in 2006 before moving to Finn Harps where he made over 100 League of Ireland appearances.
Meanwhile, Declan Devine has not given up on signing former Arsenal youth player Patrick Gregg.
It seemed as if the 26-year-old was heading to CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria but his move is still in some doubt and Derry are ready to pounce if a deal is not completed. The Candystripes are currently fifth in the Airtricity Premier Division and travel to UCD on Friday.