Declan Devine has left no stone unturned in his quest to have his new-look City squad ready for Friday night’s league opener against UCD at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.
While the pre-season work may be coming to an end, the Derry boss accompanied his squad on a tour of the City on Sunday afternoon to give them a feel for their environment.
Despite the incessant rain, the squad walked the walls around the city centre with the manager pointing out that this was an important part of their induction.
“I said from the start that we only want people at this club who want to play for Derry City. In order to make that happen they need to know what it means; what the city and its heritage means to all sections of the community.”
“This isn’t just for players brought in from outside of Derry- it’s for all of us. There is a message here for all those involved with Derry City that as a football club we need to reclaim our identity within the city. It is vital for us that we engage with all sections of our support”
“We’re obviously a work in progress but I’m convinced that a packed Brandywell on Friday night would give us a massive lift.”