Derry City have signed local goalkeeper Nathan Gartside on a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Candy Stripes from English Premiership side Watford.

City boss Kenny Shiels sees him as part of the future of the club.

“Nathan’s only 20 and he’s a local goalkeeper and a local boy. He’ll have two years development with us now and it gives him a bit of direction, which is good.”

Gartside has been training with the Candy Stripes for a number of weeks already since returning home and could well play some part in the first team before the end of the season.

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