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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2007, 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK
Derry sign goalkeeper Roberts
Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts is coming out of retirement with Derry City
Derry City have signed former Middlesborough and Charlton goalkeeper Ben Roberts on a short-term deal.

Roberts will be included in Derry's squad for Monday's Eircom League home game against Shamrock Rovers (2000 BST) although Ola Tidman may again start.

Kevin Deery, Gary Beckett and Alan Moore are all likely to remain out with Deery possibly set to miss another month because of his ankle injury.

Derry are eighth in the table, three points and three places behind Rovers.

Thirty-one-year-old Roberts, who has been on trial at the Brandywell, played for Boro in their FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea at Wembley in 1997.

A back injury forced him to retire in 2005 but he has recovered and is aiming to return to action.

"He's a good keeper and communicator and he'll keep our other two keepers on their toes," said City boss Pat Fenlon.

"He has done very well in training and he is an experienced goalkeeper, so he's a good addition to the squad," Fenlon told the club website.

"There's competition for places and he'll have to fight to get into the team."

Roberts, who made 26 appearances in seven season at Middlesborough, also played for Luton and Brighton.

Derry boss Fenlon will be hoping that his side's finishing improves after their struggles in front of goal thus far this season.

The Candystripes have scored only seven goals in nine league games and they will not have it easy against Rovers keeper Barry Murphy who has kept six clean sheets in nine league games.

Rovers will be without the suspended Danny O'Connor while Tommy Barrett, Eric McGill and Paul Shiels remain out injured.

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