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Shiels keeps it in the family for City recruitment

By Eoin Wilson

Dean Shiels has agreed to join Derry City on an 18-month contract, giving the Candystripes a boost ahead of their clash against league champions Cork City at Turner's Cross this afternoon.

The attacking midfielder, son of City boss Kenny, has enjoyed significant success in Scotland with both Rangers and Kilmarnock and has also won the League of Ireland title with Dundalk in 2016.

A free agent since leaving Dunfermline at the end of May, Shiels will join up with Derry City in July.

The news is a huge boost for the City players and the management with the squad currently in desperate need of reinforcements.

The manager is hoping to rouse his players out of the desperate slump they find themselves in, with Friday's defeat to Sligo Rovers their fourth loss in five games.

"It's going to be a tough game because I don't know if Cork have even conceded any goals at home this season, so there are lots of challenges there for us," he admitted.

"But we have to be above that and we have to make sure that we have got a different level of confidence going into the game and I'm sure we can do that and get something from the game at least."

Rory Patterson returns for Derry after serving a suspension and Shiels has now challenged his players to respond to recent criticism after accepting the praise of the fans earlier in the season.

"We need to get the apathy removed," he said.

"It's not easy because, understandably, the supporters are concerned at the run of results. The players were put on this pedestal and I warned against it. It's put them in a situation where they have to understand that if people love them all of a sudden they can change so easily."

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