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UCD snap up Irish attacker from Reading as Derry City bring in Scottish full-back

Conor Davis and Kevin McHattie have completed moves to the SSE Airtricity League.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Reading v Blackpool - Reading Training - Hogwood Park Conor Davis had been at Reading since he was 16. Source: EMPICS Sport

DERRY CITY AND UCD both strengthened their squads this morning for the remainder of the 2018 season.

The Candystripes have announced the signing of Scottish full-back Kevin McHattie, while attacker Conor Davis has moved to UCD after four years on the books at Reading.

Davis, who was capped by Ireland at U17 level, has returned home to Dublin after being unable to make a first-team breakthrough for the English Championship club.

He signed for Reading from Templeogue United at the age of 16 and can play up front or as an attacking midfielder. The 20-year-old has joined the SSE Airtricity League First Division leaders a month after they lost top scorer Georgie Kelly to Dundalk.

“He’s been training with us for a couple of weeks now, and he knows some of the lads well from his time with Templeogue before he went to Reading so that has obviously made it easier for him to settle in,” manager Collie O’Neill said of Davis, who joins on an initial deal until the end of the season, but also intends to pursue a degree at UCD.

“He’s a good character and is fitting in very well with the squad we have here already. He’s looking sharp in training and will give us another good option for the rest of the season.”

Soccer - Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Heart of Midlothian - Celtic Park Kevin McHattie was a Scottish Championship winner at Hearts. Source: Jeff Holmes

Kevin McHattie heads to Derry City until the end of the campaign after spending the past two seasons with Raith Rovers.

A former Scottish U21 international, McHattie will provide Derry boss Kenny Shiels with a fresh option at left-back after Jack Doyle’s recent return to Blackburn Rovers following the conclusion of his loan spell.

The 25-year-old, who can also play at centre-back or as a left-winger, helped Hearts to win the Scottish Championship in 2015. He also had a spell at Kilmarnock. McHattie has made 79 appearances in Scotland’s top flight and was a League Cup runner-up in 2013.

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