DERRY City remain hopeful of signing Dundalk striker Marc Griffin, just days after completing the transfer of the Lilywhites’ top scorer from last season, Michael Rafter.
Rafter, who scored both goals in Dundalk’s crucial 2-0 promotion/relegation play-off final second leg tie with Waterford United, put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the Brandywell on Friday and Candystripes boss Declan Devine is looking to reunite the Tipperary born striker with Griffin for the 2013 season.
Dundalk and Derry City have yet to agree on a compensation package for 21-year-old Griffin but it is believed that a deal is close to being agreed between the clubs. Derry City are said to have offered around €5k in compensation with Dundalk reportedly looking for around double that figure.
Speaking over the weekend, Derry City director Peter Wallace said the club were delighted to have Rafter on board and added that they were confident of landing Griffin.
“Michael Rafter is a great addition to the squad. When we won the FAI Cup Declan Devine told us that he wanted to bring in some fresh faces so we sat down agreed a budget and here we are today, unveiling our third new signing of the off-season.
“It’s great that Michael has joined fellow new signings Sean Houston and Paddy Kavanagh at the club and hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, Marc Griffin will be joining us too. Marc’s dying to come here and we are dying to have him but the deal is in Dundalk’s hands.”
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has also been busy in the transfer market in the past week, adding Bohemians midfielder Keith Ward – who became a terrace favourite when he played with Dundalk in 2011 - and 21-year-old centre back Andy Boyle from Shelbourne to his squad for the upcoming season.
The duo take Kenny’s signings to six following the earlier signings of John Mountney, Eoghan Osborne, John Dillon and Patrick Hoban.
Mountney and Osborne were part of the Dundalk squad which just avoided relegation last season while Dillon and Hoban arrive from Sligo Rovers and Mervue United respectively.
“Pat Hoban did fantastic with Mervue last year and was with Bristol City before that. He’s very skillful and very fast”, said Kenny.
“John Dillon is also quite young, he’s only 24, but has a lot of experience. He had a hard year, not playing much for Sligo, but he’s shown how good he is in previous years. He comes here with something to prove.”
Kenny has also offered contracts to two more members of last year’s squad with Stephen McDonnell and Peter Cherrie currently mulling over offers to stay at Oriel Park.
There could also be a return to the club in the offing for Tiarnan Mulvenna. The local striker spent the past two season at Drogheda United but Kenny is reportedly interested in bringing him back to the club where he won promotion in 2008.
Elsewhere the new Dundalk boss continues to be linked with Derry City midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins, who has 12 months left on his contract at the Brandywell, along with Glentoran’s Ciaran Martyn and Bray Wanderers defender Dane Massey.