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DERRY City's newest recruit Jamie McGonigle says "exciting plans" at the Brandywell had a massive influence on his decision to join the club.

The Dungiven man arrives at the Candystripes on a three-and-a-halfyear deal from Irish League club Crusaders where he has plied his trade for the past two seasons.

It has been a hectic few weeks for the 24-year-old (above) who rejected an offer from Larne earlier this month and turned down former boss Oran Kearney and Coleraine as he opted for a move to Foyleside.

City have enjoyed a bit of a refresh under new manager Ruaidhri Higgins who replaced Declan Devine in the hotseat at the Brandywell back in April.

McGonigle played with Higgins in a brief spell at Coleraine a few years ago and the former Northern Ireland Under 21 striker says he is excited to work under the former Dundalk player in the League of Ireland.

"I'm glad to finally get things sorted and once I got speaking to Ruaidhri and I knew Derry were interested it was a move that appealed to me," said McGonigle.

"The manager told me about his exciting plans for the next few seasons and he has big ambitions which is something I want to be a part of.

"It's a new challenge for me at a massive club. When I was growing up I would have gone to Derry City matches at a packed Brandywell so it was too good an opportunity to turn down."

It is understood Coleraine had a bid of around PS25,000 rejected by Crusaders for McGonigle whilst it is believed Derry paid somewhere in the region of PS35,000 for the talented striker.

He will wear the No.10 shirt and may be in the squad for Friday's clash at home to Waterford should international clearance come through on time.

City boss Higgins (below) said: "I know what type of player we're getting - he has scored goals wherever he has played - and it's a superb piece of business for us."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 30, 2021
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