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Injury-hit Higgins thanks Bannsiders after early exit

By Graham Luney

Ruaidhri Higgins says he will take a few weeks to consider his next move after parting company with Coleraine. The former Derry City midfielder joined the Bannsiders in January but was forced to spend too much time in the treatment room and, following his release, the 32-year-old was keen to pay tribute to the club and staff.

"I would just like to thank everyone at the club for the last two years," he said.

"From the fans, to the players, Oran (Kearney) and the coaching staff and the board I can't speak highly enough about them.

"Two guys in particular I'd really like to thank are Drew Coyles and Trevor Moffatt. They are the unsung heroes of the club.

"The amount of work they do is phenomenal and I can't speak highly enough of them.

"I know all the players really appreciate everything they do. I loved my time at Coleraine, especially being able to coach at the Academy.

"It's a great club and I'd like to wish the team well for the rest of the season."

Kearney said: "I'd like to thank Ruaidhri for all he did here at Coleraine and wish him well for the future in whatever he decides to do."

Coleraine go into the Boxing Day trip to Ballymena United thirsty for revenge after their neighbours ended their League Cup dream. It will be a test of character for the Showgrounds men who have lost three of their last four Premiership outings.

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