“Ryan is here until his loan spell is up, in the summer, but I am not sure that we will be able to extend his stay here. We got him through Nigel Clough, at Burton Albion, and he keeps ringing to check up on him and see how he’s doing.
“He is a very good player and we are working with him in training, on areas of his game where we feel we can improve him as a footballer. The thing is it’s not our decision, even if he’s keen to stay, but we can review it in the summer,” said City boss, John Caulfield, at his weekly press briefing, in Bishopstown.
“He’s done great, so far, for us, and we are delighted to have him on board and, I think, standing at 6’ 5” he will get more goals for us. We have no control over it, really, but we will review this situation come the end of June, when his current loan deal expires,” said Caulfield, who would also like to have the young centre-half in his Europa League plans.
Looking ahead to the away clash with Drogheda, tomorrow night, Caulfield knows his team are in for a test.
“Drogheda are a hard-working team, with a great work ethic, and, in Pete Mahon, they have a manager with over 25 years experience of this league and his assistant is John Gill and, together, they are two football men who have put massive work into the club.
“The team they have built at Drogheda is a typical team for them — hard-working, no superstars, feet on the ground, and they will be a thorn in every team’s side this season.
“The fact that they have six points from two games and haven’t conceded a goal, yet, hasn’t surprised me, in the least, and I’d consider them a team that will not be in the bottom three and relegated at the end of the season.
“They have no egos in the squad and they have that mix and blend of youth and experience and a lot of hard working young lads, hard-grafters coming through, who want to make a name for themselves in our league.
“They have a handful of talented players, too, in Sean Thornton, Sean Brennan, Killian Brennan, who is injured at the moment, and, up top, they have ex-Ireland striker, Stephen Elliott,” said Caulfield.
“It’s always a tight, tough venue up at United Park and the fans create a good atmosphere, too. It has all the hallmarks of being a really close game and I think goal chances will be at a premium.
“We know we will have to defend very well and we know, the way they will probably play on the counter-attack, that chances could be few and far between. The thing is, if, and when, we get a chance or a goal opportunity, we have to go and take it,” he added.
Caulfield has attacking options, should Seanie Maguire be ruled out and he is rated 50/50 at the moment.
“We have good options in attack, if Seanie (Maguire) does not make it, with Karl Sheppard and Achille Campion bursting to get a run and 90 minutes football under their belts.
“Sheppard had a good pre-season and scored a few goals. He got a goal against Dundalk, off the bench, in the President’s Cup final and he looks fit and sharp in training.
“Young Connor Ellis popped in our fourth goal against Galway, the other night, on his league debut, and Campion, who missed a section of the pre-season with injury, is back in contention. They are all different types of player and that gives us added attacking options this season,” said the gaffer.