Derry City have announced that both manager Ruaidhri Higgins and key player Ronan Boyce have signed four-year contracts at the club.

It sees the pair remain at the club until at least the end of 2025.

Derry chairman Philip O'Doherty he reiterated his commitment to the long-term plan in place at the Brandywell as he continues to put in significant investment into the club.

Higgins only joined the club last April and turned the side around from relegation candidates into finishing the year qualifying for Europe in fourth place.

He had been working under Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny as an analyst.

O’Doherty has helped Higgins recruit some of the big names from the city, such as Patrick McEleney and Michael Duffy, and many consider the Candystripes as the main contenders to Shamrock Rovers this season.

The Derry chairman wanted to put Higgins in line with some of the big name players on long-term deals at the club.

"I’ve said from the start that this is a building process. We’re putting things in place that will hopefully keep the club on a good footing for many years to come."

"Ronan and Michael Duffy are on four-year contracts with a host of others on multi-year deals. It’s only right that the manager should be on a contract that matches any of those commitments.

"As a Board of Directors we want the management and players to know that we are fully behind them."

Boyce, meanwhile, broke into the senior side 12 months ago and has been part of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad.

This is his second new contract in the last year.

"We want to keep our best players at Derry City and this is another step in that direction," said O’Doherty.

"Ronan has shown what can be done with the right attitude and determination but also under the guidance of the quality coaching team we have at the club.

"He has earned this contract and it serves as an incentive to the lads in our academy that the opportunity is right here for them."

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