Rory Hale signs up at Derry

Derry City have signed midfielder Rory Hale as they aim to plug the gap left by Barry McNamee.

Hale arrives at the Brandywell from Galway United on a one-year contract.

Rory spent a few years with Championship club, Aston Villa, and having captained their Under-18 and Under-23 squads, he joined the Tribesmen in a bid to get first-team football in August this year.

The 20 year-old Belfast man has a previous Derry City connection as his grandfather Danny Hale formerly lined out up front for the Candystripes and was top goalscorer in the 1968/69 season of the Irish League.