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Derry sign Sean Houston but miss out on Cretaro

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 15:05 | Comments

Sean Houston has moved to Derry City for the new season
Sean Houston has moved to Derry City for the new season

Derry City have added another player to their ranks for the new season with Sean Houston joining from Bray Wanderers on a one-year-deal.

The Donegal man started his career with Fanad United, and has also spent time with Finn Harps and UCD before signing for Bray in 2010.

The versatile 23-year-old, who can operate in midfield or defence, played 24 times for the Seagulls last season.

Derry manager Declan Devine told the Derry Sentinel: "Sean is a quality player, who can play in a number of positions, but his best position is midfield.

"He’s a box to box type player, who can also play in defence. In my opinion he was Bray’s best player last season, so I’m delighted to have got him and Paddy Kavanagh."

Meanwhile Raffaele Cretaro has extended his stay with champions Sligo Rovers, ending speculation that he was close to a move to the Brandywell.

The Tubbercurry Tornado, who has the fourth most appearances in the history of the club with 360, and the second most in the league (295), pens a new deal to become the 14th capture by Sligo for 2013.

He said: "I’m delighted to get things sorted and look ahead to the new season. It can take time and it is nice to complete the deal.

"It is a great challenge for the club to keep on improving given what we’ve done in the past few seasons. It’s an exciting one and I can’t wait to get started again.

"To have 14 players signed up already, when in some of the previous seasons it has been done with just a few weeks to the start of the season, is quite good and it’ll be interesting now to see how Ian finishes things off.

"It shows it will be just as competitive in the squad as last season. I finished the year with five goals in six games and if I can achieve anything like that over 2013 it’d be brilliant."

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