Derry City defender Daniel Lafferty has joined English Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion on trial according to reports from BBC Sport NI.
The 22 year-old left-back had been on trial with Derby County last month but his time with the Rams was prematurely cut short after he sustained a minor hamstring injury.
Lafferty will take part in training this week and may be given a chance to impress in a reserve game with Reading.
With Derry cashing in on winger James McClean earlier this year, it is thought that the player may attract a fee in the region of £250,000.
“The injury I picked up when on trial with Derby County was a minor one and I feel 100 per cent. I’ve been keeping myself in shape and training away,” Lafferty told the Sunday Journal.
“I am really excited to be going. Getting a chance to shine with a club like Brighton is why I became a professional footballer.
“I’m delighted to get the chance but I am under no illusions that there’s still plenty of hard work to be done.” said the talented defender.
An attacking full back, Lafferty played for Celtic before signing for his hometown club Derry in 2010. Following his rich vein of form, he has been attracting interest from Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town.
This year his impressive form for Derry led to his inclusion in the Airtricity League side which played against Celtic in July, while he was also shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award.
Stephen Kenny will no doubt bemoan the fact that he cannot retain his most talented players as the Candystripes look to build on last season’s resounding success.
In addition to Lafferty, captain Kevin Deery and winger Gareth McGlynn along with several others may leave the Brandywell before the 2012 season, as they are out of contract.
PFAI Player of the Year and top goalscorer Eamon Zayed may also leave. The Libya international is keen to stay with Derry City but is said to be open to offers
He told the Derry Journal last month: “My view is, if I’m happy playing football and I certainly have been, then why leave?
“But as an out of contract player it’s important that I discuss any offers open to me and I’ve had a few – mainly from football agents representing League One clubs from England.
“But before I make any decision on my future, I would hope to speak with Stephen.”