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Coleman is on his way out of Newry

By Graham Luney

Newry City goalkeeper Andy Coleman is turning his thoughts to a big summer move.

City appear resigned to relegation to the Championship and Coleman has been told that he will not be kept at the Showgrounds.

The 25-year-old has developed into a fine shot-stopper but now he is set to embark on a new adventure either in the Premiership or across the water.

If Newry had secured their top flight status and remained a formidable force, Coleman would have been tempted to finish his career at the Showgrounds but now he is gearing up for a new chapter elsewhere.

“I had a meeting with assistant manager Robbie Casey and it was agreed that the club would not keep me here and I could go,” said Coleman who performed penalty shoot-out heroics against Linfield in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

“In my six years at Newry I feel I have improved all the time but now it is time to take on a new challenge. I have spoken to a few clubs but Championship teams in England have also been watching me. I have really enjoyed my time at Newry and in different circumstances I could have finished my career here but the club have accepted I will leave if we are in the Championship.”

Coleman has plenty of admirers in the Premiership including Portadown, Glenavon, Cliftonville and Ballymena United. Talks are ongoing and he would be a strong addition to any squad.

Newry, who host Glenavon today, began the season with a 3-0 win over Dungannon Swifts but new boss Pat McGibbon has struggled to steady the ship after Gerry Flynn’s exit.

“The change of management was always going to cause some disruption but the bottom line is that too many big name players have not performed,” added Coleman.

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Derry City overcame Mervue United 2-1 in yesterday’s EA Sports Cup third round tie at the Brandywell.

David McDaid fired the Candystripes in front from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and Michael McCrudden added the second with a goal in the 56th minute.

Alex Lee netted a late consolation for the visitors.

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