Derry City have offered influential midfielder Barry McNamee a two-year contract in the hope the Ramelton man decides to stay at the Brandywell.
McNamee is being courted by several other League of Ireland clubs with both Sligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic keen to acquire the services of the talented central midfielder.
McNamee was left out of Peter Hutton’s starting XI for the Ford FAI Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium last month.
It was reported at that time that McNamee wasn’t fit to start the final, however when he was introduced as a second-half substitute he showed no signs of any injury and delivered a quality performance.
It’s since been reported that he was fit to start the final, and his nose has been put out of joint at the decision to drop.
Manager Peter Hutton is desperate to hold on to McNamee and have offered him a two-year deal in the hope he’ll commit to Derry for the next two years.
Hutton said, “Barry has been one of our most consistent players this season and while a groin injury certainly didn’t help him before the cup final, he’s been a superb young professional.
“He’s a quality player, a big favourite at the Brandywell and having already spoken to him, he wishes to sit back and have a look at his options before making a decision.
However, with St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers on the hunt for his services McNamee may opt to leave the club over the coming weeks.
His brother Tony McNamee has recently signed for Finn Harps, after a spell at Irish League club Glenavon didn’t work out.
Ollie Horgan would certainly love to add McNamee to his playing panel for the forthcoming season.
However, it’s very unlikely McNamee would want to drop down a division, plus Harps probably wouldn’t have the budget to tempt him to Finn Park.