Shamrock Rovers have lured Derry City midfielder Aaron McEneff to Tallaght.

Stephen Bradley continues to beef up his squad and can consider the capture of the former Northern Ireland Under-21 international quite a coup, with other clubs reportedly in the hunt for his signature and the Candystripes keen to keep him.

"Aaron does a bit of everything," said Bradley. "He scored a lot of goals this year. He can start the game and he can play higher up, he's a bit of an all-rounder. He brings great energy and legs to our midfield.

"He's a great striker of the ball and he scores goals from all areas of the pitch. I think he's shown that since he's been in the league. He's done that on a consistent basis so hopefully he can continue that with us next season. 

"When you get a chance to sign someone of Aaron's quality you don't turn it down. You can never be happy with what you have as a team and a squad. You want players to fight for their place and Aaron coming in just adds to that because he's a top player.

"Aaron had options elsewhere but he's made this decision and we're delighted that he sees his football here, that he wants to come and play for us. I can't wait to get started and get working with him."

McEneff, 23, joined his hometown club midway through the 2015 season, and scored 25 goals in 95 league appearances for Derry.

He leaves after a difficult league campaign that saw them finish third from bottom and Kenny Shiels being replaced at the helm by Declan Devine, though the Candystripes did lift the EA Sports Cup.

"I’m very happy signing for Shamrock Rovers. Obviously it’s a massive club," said McEneff.

"Tallaght Stadium is my favourite place to play. Whenever I was at Derry I loved coming down to play here because the pitch is always good, the facilities are brilliant.

"I’ve loved playing down here and I’m sure I am going to love playing for the home team."