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Derry City snap up Northern Ireland U21 international winger

Jamie McDonagh has joined the Candystripes after helping Sligo Rovers to avoid relegation.

Jamie McDonagh
Jamie McDonagh
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DERRY CITY HAVE made their eighth new signing since the end of the 2017 season.

The Candystripes today confirmed the capture of Northern Ireland U21 international winger Jamie McDonagh.

The Lisburn native spent the final three months of last season at Sligo Rovers, playing seven games as Gerard Lyttle’s side avoided relegation with a strong finish to the campaign.

McDonagh’s form for Sligo also earned him a recall to the international set-up for the first time in two years. The 21-year-old featured in Northern Ireland’s recent 2019 European U21 Championship qualifiers against Slovakia, Estonia and Albania.

After a spell on the books at Sheffield United, McDonagh joined Greenock Morton in the summer of 2016 and made over 30 appearances for the club as they finished fourth in Scotland’s second tier.

McDonagh will join Armin Aganovic, Conor Agnew, Dapo Kayode, David Hopkirk, Gavin Peers, John Cofie and Rory Hale as one of the new additions at the Brandywell next season.

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has been forced to stay busy in the transfer market as a result of the recent departures of key players such as Aaron Barry, Barry McNamee (both Cork City) and Dean Jarvis (Dundalk).

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