Derry City have this morning confirmed the signing of winger Daniel Kelly from Dundalk on a two-year contract.
The 27-year old has spent the past five seasons at Oriel Park and City boss Ruaidhri Higgins knows exactly the type of player arriving at the Brandywell.
“I worked with him in 2019 when he scored 15 goals from wide positions, and this year he scored 9 goals in 33 appearances, so I know exactly what he brings,” he said.
“He’s a brilliant character and at 27, he’s coming here in the prime of his football career.
“Daniel has shown great commitment to us because he had interest from clubs a lot closer to home.
“He’s a great addition to the attacking options already at the club and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”
For his part, the Dubliner insisted he was impressed by the manager’s plans and he wanted to be a part of that over the next few years.
“As Ruaidhri said, I’ve worked with him before and this was an opportunity that I felt I couldn’t turn down.
“Obviously there are a few ex-Dundalk lads here as well as the gaffer and I spoke with all of them before coming up.
“The likes of Cameron Dummigan and Mark Connolly couldn’t speak highly enough of the manager, the club, the fans and the city itself and that made my decision a lot easier.
“I haven’t won a trophy for a few years now but we’ll be going into 2024 looking to give it a real go in the league as well as a run in Europe and the FAI cup of course.
“These look like being exciting times for Derry City and I’d be happy if the season was starting tomorrow so as to be a part of it.”