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Thursday 15 November 2018

Derry set to lose McEneff

'Aaron McEneff could also be Dundalk bound' Photo: Sportsfile
'Aaron McEneff could also be Dundalk bound' Photo: Sportsfile

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels admits he may be powerless to stop the loss of some key players to rival clubs as a transfer merry-go-gound is about to kick off in the League of Ireland.

With the finale of the league season last weekend, and no promotion/relegation play-off, there is only Sunday's FAI Cup final to contend with.

Some clubs have been busy tieing up players for next season, Sligo Rovers fans getting a major boost with the news that defender Kyle Callan-McFadden, who had been strongly linked with a move to Cork City, and midfielder Rhys McCabe had signed new deals. Local reports in Dundalk suggest that Cork City forward Karl Sheppard is on his way to Oriel Park, while Derry star Aaron McEneff could also be Dundalk bound.

Stephen Folan, Rory Hale and Ronan Murray, who were unable to keep Galway United in the top flight, are also in demand and will be linked with other clubs.

Scottish midfielder Nicky Low confirmed over the weekend that he was leaving Derry but City boss Shiels knows it's a battle to keep players at his club when rival teams can offer 52-week contracts.

"It causes uncertainty within my camp when I'm trying to sign new players. It's hard enough because these big fish are coming in and offering terms that we can't compete with.

"If I lose some players it makes it even more difficult. We can do without these things, it's not right," he said of a possible exit for the highly-rated McEneff.

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