Institute could give new signing Ryan Doherty his competitive debut, as the 2016/17 season gets underway at Moyola Park, in the League Cup, this Saturday (KO 3pm).
The midfielder along with left-back Gareth McFadden have signed on-loan from Derry City and boss Kevin Deery is happy that his squad is now virtually complete ahead of the campaign.
“We have added Ryan and Gareth, but Ryan has a tight hip flexor but I don’t think it’s too serious,” he said.
“Unfortunately Gareth is away on holidays for a week, but he’ll come back into the squad when he returns.
“The agreement is that both of them are on-loan until January and Kenny Shiels will come out and watch them quite frequently and he’ll view it and if they are doing extremely well then I would imagine its Derry’s option to take them back.
“But if he’s content enough with their development then he may feel a full season with us will benefit them more, but we’ll wait and see. Either way they are with us until at least January.
What I have now in terms of my squad I’m very contentKevin Deery
“Look what I have now in terms of my squad I’m very content with apart from needing another goalkeeper, which I will continue to work and once we get a goalkeeper I’ll be very happy with what we have.”
Deery is delighted his side didn’t, like so many teams, receive a bye in the first round of the League Cup, as he wants more game time.
“We have missed a couple of games because of one thing or another but I’m really pleased with what we have,” he added.
“I saw a lot of clubs got byes in the first round, but I’m happy we have a game and the players I feel who deserve to play will be involved.
“Look you watch training and you know who’s ready for it and maybe some other people in the group might have a wee bit more to go.
“But I’m a manager who picks people who are on form in training and how they play in pre-season and that will be the case on Saturday at Moyola.
“But as people know you are never too sure after pre-season, you know better after three or four weeks of the season, but I’m confident with the players we have and hopefully we can have a good start to the season.
While last night, ’Stute secured a comfortable 5-1 win over a D&D Select in what was their final pre-season game.
Niall Grace, Dean Curry, Jamie Dunne and a brace from Sean McCarron was enough for the Waterside men, but the goal of the night came from ex-Institute man Thomas McBride, but the midfielder’s long range strike was a mere consolation.