League of Ireland: Derry City sign Rob Cornwall on loan deal

Rob Cornwall in action against Derry City last season
Rob Cornwall has featured mainly as a right-back but can play in other positions

Derry City have signed Shamrock Rovers full-back Rob Cornwall on loan until the end of the season.

Cornwall, 20, asked Rovers boss Pat Fenlon for a loan move in recent days and the former Derry manager agreed to the right-back's request.

"He told me a few clubs were interested and Derry City was the biggest club," Cornwall told Derry's club website.

"I was buzzing when I got the call from Peter (Hutton) and it was an easy move for me."

Relegation-threatened Derry will hope that Cornwall's arrival will help to engineer a change in the club's fortunes.

Derry are now in the relegation play-off spot after their dismal recent run continued with a 1-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Bray Wanderers on Saturday.

"Rob comes with a great versatility," said Candystripes boss Hutton.

"He can play in a number of positions - anywhere across the back four and also in midfield - so he gives us a lot of options."

Derry face bottom club Limerick at the Brandywell on Friday night.

The Candystripes are nine points above Limerick and one behind 10th-placed Sligo Rovers.