Derry City have confirmed that they will continue their build up to the new season with a friendly against the Isle of Man national team in Douglas at the end of this month.
The Candystripes will travel on Monday 28 January with the game taking place on Wednesday 30th (KO 7.30pm) at The Bowl.
The Islanders last saw competitive action in October when they travelled to Wolverhampton and beat the Molyneux team’s under-23’s.
This game will be used as part of their build-up towards the Island Games which take place in June and a spokesman said they were “very much looking forward to hosting Derry City in the Isle of Man.”
Declan Devine said he had no doubt that the hosts will provide a stern test for his new-look squad.
“It will be four days of hard work in keeping with how things have been since the start of January. There will be three training sessions a day while we’re there, culminating in what I expect to be a very tough game.”
“I would like to thank the Isle of Man FA for their very kind invitation and look forward to the trip over.”
The next scheduled match sees the Candystripes travel to County Louth, where they will take on Drogheda United on Tuesday 22nd January.
Devine hopes to shortly have another friendly confirmed for Brandywell on Friday 25th.