New Derry City signing Sean Houston has said that he is 'excited' about the forthcoming season with his new club and admitted that the allure of European football helped to bring him to the Brandywell.
The Candystripes will play in the Europa League as a result of winning the FAI Cup and Houston said that since the 'successful' Foylesiders were among the biggest clubs in Ireland, it was not a difficult decision for him.
"I’m excited about the season ahead," Houston told the Derry Journal. "Derry are looking to progress from last season, they’re a very successful club so I’m definitely excited about coming here.
He continued: "Everyone wants to play European football at some stage in their career, so I’m just really looking forward to getting started.
"I’m back living in Donegal and Derry are probably the biggest teams in the North-West and one of the biggest teams in Ireland, so it really was an easy decision," added the 23-year-old.
Derry manager Declan Devine praised his new signing and said that the club beat off stiff competition to sign the midfielder.
"He had a great season with Bray Wanderers and I’m delighted he has decided to join us," said Devine. "Other clubs such as Drogheda United were keen on him and the fact that he’s living in Letterkenny was obviously a help.
"He’s got a very good work ethic and he wants to improve therefore, he will prove a good addition to the squad," added the Derry boss.