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Derry City make trio of signings as Jamie McDonagh commits to club

By Adam McKendry

New Derry City boss Declan Devine has made his first three signings as manager, while the club have also been handed a boost with Northern Ireland Under-21 star Jamie McDonagh committing to the side.

Devine hasn't wasted any time since taking over for his second spell in charge in November, and he's already begun work on reshaping the squad to his liking.

Headlining the arrivals is goalkeeper Peter Cherrie, while the Candystripes have also brought in defenders Ciaran Coll and Ally Gilchrist for next season.

Cherrie, 35, joins from Cork City and is expected to challenge for the starting jersey at the Brandywell after the departure of long-time No.1 Gerard Doherty.

Coll leaves Finn Harps to move north having been a key member of their promotion-winning team this year, while Gilchrist moves from league rivals Shamrock Rovers.

However, arguably the best news is McDonagh agreeing to stay on to provide some stability to a squad in considerable flux.

Derry have seen Rory and Ronan Hale, Aaron McEneff, Nick Low, Gavin Peers, Eric Grimes, Dan Seaborne and Ben Fisk since the end of last season, as well as sacking manager Kenny Shiels.

But NI Under-21 international McDonagh will still be up front for the Candystripes after the club announced the former Sligo Rovers prospect would stay on.

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