Derry City sign former Sligo Rovers midfielder Danny Ventre

Danny Ventre

Derry City have strengthened their squad by signing former Sligo Rovers midfielder Danny Ventre.

Liverpool native Ventre, 27, captained Sligo Rovers to this year's FAI Cup triumph but then left the club after being unable to agree a new contract.

Ventre was linked with a number of League of Ireland clubs but Derry confirmed on Tuesday evening that they had signed the midfielder.

The Englishman helped Sligo win three FAI Cups and last year's league title.

Ventre's move to the Brandywell is an early boost for new manager Roddy Collins.

Last month, striker Michael Rafter left Derry to sign for their League of Ireland Premier Division rivals Cork City.

However, Derry's leading goalscorer this year Rory Patterson has agreed a new one-year deal with the Candystripes.

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