Derry City are set to host this season’s Europa League games at Oriel Park, after Sligo Rovers priced the club out of using the Showgrounds.

Kenny Shiels and his players are just a matter of weeks from finding out their opponents in the prestigious European competition, having qualified for the competition with a third place finish last season.

This season will see City return to European action for the first time since 2013, but with the Brandywell undergoing redevelopment and Maginn Park falling short of UEFA standards, Derry City have had to nominate an alternative ground ahead of the first qualifying round, which is set for June 29.

The Derry News understands that while the Showgrounds at Sligo Rovers was the club’s preferred option, the financial demands made by the Bit O’Red were excessive and made such a move unrealistic.

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