Georgie Kelly is to move to Dundalk when the transfer window opens in July.
The young Donegal native made three league appearances for Derry in the 2015 season before departing the Brandywell for a soccer scholarship at UCD. After a decent first season he came to life for College last term, scoring 17 times.
That included two hat-tricks against Athlone Town, helping him to finish last season as the top scorer in the First Division. He has already netted eight times this term, with UCD top of the table in Division 1, but he is ready to move on.
Dundalk have limited options with out-and-out strikers and Leagueofireland.ieunderstands that Kelly has agreed to join Stephen Kenny’s side, which would be a massive blow to UCD.
Kelly has been approached by and snubbed at least one other Premier Division club this year. Both Kenny and Derry boss Kenny Shiels were hoping to sign him – but failed – in the off-season.
Kelly was on trial at Bristol City earlier in his career but is now thought to be happy now to make the step up to Premier Division football.
On Monday night, substitute Sam Byrne – on loan from Everton until July – had to hobble off injured after just three minutes’ action for the Lilywhites, his first outing since March. He is understood to have a hamstring injury.