Derry City have beaten a number of other League of Ireland clubs to the signature of UCD striker Conor Davis.

Davis, 21, has signed an 18-month deal at the Brandywell and will be eligible for selection come this Friday's game against Dundalk.

The striker revealed why he had chosen Derry over others, including tomorrow night's opponents Bohemians.

"There were a few clubs after me but as soon as contact was made from Derry it was something that really interested me," he explained. "After a few texts I came up here and I met the manager and a few of the staff and a few of the players and I knew early that the club was going in the right direction. There’s great ambition and that’s something I want to be a part of.

"I had a good first half of the season at UCD. I feel that I progressed as a player and I’m ready to make that next step now. The fans at Derry I remember as the place was rocking in that first game of the season so that’s something I’m excited to be a part of too."

Declan Devine admitted he is ecstatic to bring Davis to the club.

He said: "Any time that we played UCD this year we always showed the players clips of Conor Davis because we felt that he was their main man and we felt that he was a player who could hurt Derry City Football Club.

"He is exactly the type of person stroke player that we want to build this football club on. He’s exciting, he’s talented and he’s also at a very good age in terms of having the potential to further his career whether that’s here or in England. He has high ambitions, we have high ambitions as a football club and he meets all the targets we have when we bring players to the club."

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