Peterborough United have reportedly handed a trial to Derry City midfielder Patrick McEleney.
The 23 year-old playmaker was aparently due to travel to Posh following the final games of the League of Ireland season last Friday (October 30).
Posh manager Graham Westley declined to comment on the reports which appeared in the Derry Journal.
McEleney was once on the books of Sunderland and last January had a trial at Championship side Brentford. The Bees were expected to renew their interest in a player known as ‘Fats’ but manager Mark Warburton’s departure from Griffin Park scuppered any potential deal.
“I convinced myself that I could play at that level while I was there,” McEleney said at the time.
McEleney has played for Derry since 2010. He has scored 25 goals for the club in close to 200 appearances.
Posh signed Chris Forrester from League of Ireland club St Patrick’s Athletic earlier this season and he has been a big hit at the ABAX Stadium.
Posh are likely to be without key men Gaby Zakuani and Marcus Maddison for Saturday’s (November 7) FA Cup first round tie at Burton Albion because of injury.
Midfielders Erhun Oztumer and Chris Forrester have been ill this week, but are expected to be fit for the trip to the Pirelli Stadium.
Forrester is being monitored closely after suffering sickness during the defeat at Coventry at Saturday (October 31) just a week after suffering a concussion injury.
The link to the Derry Journal story: http://www.derryjournal.com/sport/football/derry-city-mceleney-trial-out-of-my-hands-insists-hegarty-1-7039296