MARVIN Torvic will begin his two-week trial with Derry City today.
Derry City manager Roddy Collins collected the 26-year-old from Belfast International Airport yesterday evening, with the defender set to spend two weeks with the Brandywell club.
Torvic is just one of several defensive options Collins will run the rule over in the coming days as Derry City’s pre-season continues.
It is hoped that Torvic will impress enough to be considered as an ideal replacement for Stewart Greacen, who has retuned home to Scotland to play with Stenhousemuir.
The next two weeks will be important for Collin’s plans this season, with several players hoping to earn a contract offer from the new Brandywell boss.
The players will train at the Vale Centre this week after meeting up for the first time at the end of last week and Derry’s assistant boss Peter Hutton admitted that the players are keen to get back into the swing of things.
“Friday was just about the players meeting up and getting a base line for their fitness levels and it went very well,” he explained.
“The boys have looked after themselves over Christmas. With the new regime in they are all out to impress and they have done well in the offseason. Everyone’s happy to be back.
While the likes of Mark Stewart, Tim Clancy and Leon McSweeney continue to be linked with the club, there are players closer to home to consider, one of which is Dean Jarvis, who is still to accept a contract offer from the club.
Another player arriving at the Brandywell this week is former Sligo Rovers defender Iarfhlaith Davoren, who would give Collins both experience and versatility in his back line.
Hutton admits that Derry City hope to tie up a deal for the full back this week.
“Iarflaith is an experienced League of Ireland player, having won the league and FAI Cup with Sligo and he is coming in this week so we can get a first hand look at him,” he explained.
“He obviosuly knows Danny Ventre and a few of the Derry lads already but we’ll get a look at each other and if he’s happy enough, we’d be happy to have him. But we can take nothing for granted just yet. He joins up with the boys at the start of the week and we’ll take it from there.”
Derry City fans are eager to hear of new signings for their club but Hutton has warned that the new management will not rush into new signings.
“I don’t know if anything will be fnalised this week but we’re having a look at a few players coming in,” he continued.
“We will be able to get a look at them, and they will be able to get a look at us. There’s no mad rush. Some of the players coming in are midway through their season anyway so fitness shouldn’t be a problem.
“In an ideal world we would have the squad settled as sooner rather than later. However. We’re not just going to bring players in for numbers. It has to be right for us."
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