Derry City: Candystripes sign striker Conor Davis from UCD

Conor Davis of UCD
Former UCD striker Davis has agreed an 18-month contract with Derry City
Airtricity Premier Division: Bohemians v Derry City
Venue: Dalymount Park, Dublin Date: Monday, 1 July Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Foyle 93.1 FM & BBC Sport website

Derry City have signed striker Conor Davis from relegation battlers UCD.

The 21-year-old forward has agreed an 18-month contract with the Brandywell club ahead of their Premier Division match against Bohemians on Monday.

Davis helped the Students to win the 2018 First Division title and secure their top-flight return but has scored just once in 11 games this season.

The Candystripes trail third-placed Bohemians by six points but have played one game less than the Dublin side.

The match at Dalymount Park will be Derry's second game in four days after a comfortable 4-1 victory over Cork City on Friday.

Derry are the second-highest scoring club in the Premier Division this season behind leaders Dundalk but manager Declan Devine has now added further attackers to his squad with former Reading forward Davis set to compete for game time with David Parkhouse, who is expected to extend his loan stay from Sheffield United.

Eoghan Stokes, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe and former Institute striker Michael McCrudden, who is nearing a return to fitness, are the other striking options in the Derry squad.

"To get Conor is a massive coup for us," said Devine.

"He's not only here four this year but four next year as well and that is a sign that we are moving forward in the right direction and not just handing out short-term contracts but looking ahead to the future."

Bohemians were impressive 2-1 winners against derby Shamrock Rovers in their last league match, which has helped Keith Long's side to close the gap on their arch rivals, who occupy second place in the table, and strengthen their chances of securing Europa League qualification ahead of Derry.

"It's not a season-defining game because there is still over 60 points up for grabs, win lose or draw at Dalymount," insisted Devine when asked if the trip to Dalymount was pivotal to his side's European ambitions.

"Bohemians are having a fantastic season, they're looking to chase down Shamrock Rovers so why would we not be looking to do that as well?"