Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Derry City boss Stephen Kenny braced for exit of rising star James McClean

Published 15/07/2011

Derry City boss Stephen Kenny is resigned to losing star man James McClean.

Peterborough United have tabled a new bid for the midfielder which could net Derry up to £350,000.

But Kenny wants to delay any deal until after the completion of the League of Ireland season later in the year.

"To lose our best player would be a massive blow," said Kenny.

"It would hinder us in a major way so the club has to make a decision based on that. We don't want to stand in James' way. He's an outstanding player, a brilliant person, has a tremendous attitude and deserves an opportunity.

"From my point of view, that would be preferable in October rather than August. I wouldn't feel his value would depreciate between August and October."

McClean was one of the star turns in Derry's win over Shamrock Rovers before the television cameras last Friday night which brought them right back into contention in the title race, ahead of their trip to Bray Wanderers this evening.

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph