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McClean kicks off Foyle Cup

 

By Adam McKendry

West Brom and Republic of Ireland star James McClean was on hand to help launch the 2017 International Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup at the Waterfoot Hotel in Londonderry last night.

McClean, a former player in the tournament for Trojans FC at all age levels, was the Guest of Honour for the launch of this year's event, which will be held across Derry and Strabane from July 17-22.

A total of 345 teams will descend upon the city to compete across 13 different age categories for both boys and girls, including eight teams from America.

They will be joined by big names such as Scottish Premiership clubs Celtic, Hearts and Partick Thistle, while English sides Sheffield United and Norwich City will also send over teams.

The tournament has also produced some players who have gone on to win international honours, players such as Northern Ireland's Daniel Lafferty and the Republic of Ireland's Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy.

McClean is another player who featured at the event and now represents his country, with the winger making his 50th appearance for the Republic of Ireland against Mexico two weeks ago.

"It's a massive honour for me to be asked to launch this tournament," said McClean."This event has grown so much in stature and importance that I believe the tournament has become an excellent pathway into professional football."

Meanwhile, Derry City have announced three new signings as they prepare to chase down Airtricity League leaders Cork City after the mid-season break.

Former Northern Ireland U18s defender Eoin Toal has joined from Armagh City on a three-year deal, while Institute winger Jamie McIntyre also makes the switch to the Candystripes on a one-and-a-half year contract. The third signing is Scottish defender Darren Cole, who joins on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

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