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Derry City bring in Dean Shiels on one-and-a-half year deal

By Adam McKendry

Derry City have announced the signing of Dean Shiels - the son of manager Kenny - on a one-and-a-half year deal after his release from Dunfermline.

The 33-year old midfielder will play under his father for the second time in his career after they linked up with Kilmarnock previously.

Shiels, who has made 14 appearances for Northern Ireland but hasn't played for them since 2012, will bring plenty of experience to the Brandywell as Derry aim to finish the season on a high.

The veteran operator played for Hibernian and Doncaster Rovers before moving to dad Kenny's Kilmarnock in 2011, only to then move on to Rangers a year later.

In four years at Ibrox, Shiels made 90 appearances before moving back to Ireland with Dundalk, followed by brief spells at FC Edmonton in Canada and then Dunfermline.

He won't be available for tomorrow night's clash against Shamrock Rovers, however, as he can only officially join the club when the transfer window opens on Sunday.

Meanwhile, tomorrow night's game will be the last for left-back Jack Doyle, who will return to parent club Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

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