Jim set to announce three signings

JIM Magilton is hoping to unveil three new players today.

Derek Davis

JIM Magilton is hoping to unveil three new players today.

The Blues boss last night revealed deals for Kevin Lisbie and Richard Wright and another, possibly, Rudi Skacel or Angelos Charisteas, could be completed in the next 12 hours.

Magilton said: “We are very close and during the morning, or early afternoon we may be able to say one to two things but it is in the hand of agents.

“We are closer than we have been. We are close with Kevin Lisbie and Richard Wright and maybe one other.”

Magilton is also close to making his mind up on trialist Ben Thatcher, who played for 45 minutes in the 4-1 win at Donegal Celtic last night, with the former Charlton defender looking a good bet to be offered a contract.

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The Blues also ran the rule over 18-year-old defender Ciaran Caldwell at the Suffolk Road ground but he was stretchered off early in the second half.

Scouts from Celtic and Blackburn Rovers were also watching the Donegal Celtic centre-half and Magilton was impressed with what he saw.

He said: “Ciaran is a very good player. I really like the look of him. I know there are quite a few people looking at him.

“I wanted to look at him at close hand and that was my first real look and he is a very decent player.

“We will see what the extent of the injury is and we hope it is not too bad but we wish him very well.”

Town were made to work hard for the win and Magilton ended up reasonably pleased.

He said: “We have to give credit to Donegal Celtic because they put us under a lot of pressure and played very, very well. They kept possession well while we were sloppy in possession. We thought we could just turn up and score goals at will but if you show disrespect and don't put in the work and get the ball first and do the nasty things then we are going to get hurt.

“Donegal Celtic had the better first half and we were lucky to go in one up. We made changes in the second half and they got a fantastic goal but our fitness told and we got our passing game going.”

Town end their week-long trip to Ulster tomorrow with a friendly at Glentoran, who drew 1-1 with SK Liepajas Metalurgs in their UEFA Cup first leg match last night.