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Coleraine join race for Curtis Allen's signature

By Graham Luney

Several Irish League clubs are set to fight it out for the signature of Curtis Allen with his old employers, Coleraine, joining the queue.

The striker, who has been released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle only six months after joining the club, is now considering his next move.

Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney has spoken to his former comrade but he's well aware that the 25-year-old will have a number of options.

Glentoran, Glenavon, Ballymena United and Crusaders could make a move for the former Lisburn Distillery frontman.

Kearney has already pulled off one stunning transfer coup this week by landing striker David McDaid and he would love the former York City and Derry City man to link up with Allen in the new year.

"I was really disappointed to hear the news about Curtis because he went over there with great aspirations and expectations," said Kearney.

"I spoke to him but it was a friendship call rather than anything else. It would have been insensitive of me to go down the route of talking about coming back to us. I wished him all the best and at some stage over the Christmas period I will have a chat with him and find out what he's thinking.

"Our budget has changed at Coleraine and it's great we now have David McDaid on board but of course it would be foolish of us not to investigate whether Curtis would be willing to return to Coleraine.

"Unfortunately injury held him back at Inverness, Billy McKay started playing as a lone striker and was banging in the goals for fun. But I wished Curtis all the best and we will talk again."

Kearney hopes McDaid can make his Coleraine bow against Ards on January 4.

"International clearance is needed there and that takes time," added the former Linfield midfielder. "His signing was something I have wanted for some time. I wanted to do it not just last month but in the summer and last Christmas as well. When you look at his pedigree, his age (23) and the geography – he lives in Derry – it makes a lot of sense to us. I'm very impressed with all aspects of his game and he just needs to get up to speed fitness wise and look after himself."

Coleraine host Dungannon Swifts this afternoon but will not have to face Darren Boyce due to the terms of the loan agreement.

"I'll probably have a chat with Darren Murphy about Darren after the game," added Kearney.

"There has been no decision taken about that but it isn't just a case of the player making a call. There are two sides in this agreement and we have a say as well."

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