Dean Shiels to sign for dad Kenny at Derry City
Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.
Derry City manager, Kenny Shiels has confirmed the imminent arrival of his internationally capped son, Dean Shiels to Derry City on an eighteen-month contract. The thirty-three-year-old, who has played in the League of Ireland Premier Division with Dundalk previously, recently announced his departure from SPFL side Dunfermline, where he had been playing his football since a move from Edmonton in the summer of 2017.
Capped fourteen times by Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2012, Shiels has a wealth of high level experience having played for the likes of Glasgow Rangers, Hibernian and Doncaster Rovers.
While news of Shiels Reunion with his father came as no real surprise, following weeks of online speculation, the Derry City boss opted to break the news when speaking to Drive105. Kenny Shiels revealed his reluctance to pre-announce any official signing in the media after the "Candystripes" lost out on pre-season target Sean Kavanagh, who eventually put pen-to-paper for Stephen Bradley at Shamrock Rovers.
"If we go back a couple of months I remember you guys (the media) putting me under so much pressure to give a name that I said Sean Kavanagh would be coming, it spoiled it all and he went to Shamrock Rovers."
Dean, my son is coming in July and I've two others coming next week but I won't name them or other clubs will take them."
The charismatic Derry boss ended by confirming Dean Shiels had committed to an an eighteen-month contract at the Brandywell Stadium.