Derry City complete signing of Mark Griffin

The former Lilywhites striker has finally completed his moved to the Brandywell following protracted transfer negotiations between Derry City and Dundalk
Former Dundalk striker Mark Griffin has completed his move to Derry City ahead of the 2013 season.

The 22-year-old striker's move to the Brandywell was delayed due to protracted negotiations between Derry and Dundalk but Candystripes boss Declan Devine has confirmed that the transfer has now been completed.

Speaking to the Derry Journal, Derry boss Devine explained that Griffin has joined the club on a two-year deal.

"[Mark Griffin] was keen to sign a two year contract and he's a lad who clearly wants to establish himself as a top class player in the Airtricity League. I believe he can be that type of player, provided that he's prepared to put in the work," he said.

"The signing had been up in the air for quite some time, so I'm happy that it's now been confirmed and I can get on with focusing our attentions on the forthcoming season having now completed the panel."

Griffin joins former Dundalk team mate Michael Rafter as well as Paddy Kavanagh, Thomas Crawley and Sean Houston as a new signing at the Brandywell and he has revealed his delight at securing the move, acknowledging the club's reputation for exporting talent to Britain.

He said: "I think that the vast majority of players in the League of Ireland would agree that over recent seasons, Derry City has been better placed than most in relation to transferring players and like any other player, I have high hopes of attempting to get a chance to get to England.

"However, as Derry is, in my view, the biggest shop window in the league, I'm delighted to have finally secured a contract at the Brandywell," he added. "I was also very happy to get a two year deal, as I'm aware that it could take time to get into the first team and get established."