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Former Manchester United teenager John Cofie explains the struggle of a wee English fella at Derry City

John Cofie was once a highly-rated teenager, bought by Manchester United for £1 million. Now he's a wee English fella in Derry - joining the struggle to understand the accent.

He's not just watching hit TV show Derry Girls, though, he's right in the thick of the action, having signed for Derry City back in November. Now he's stuck into pre-season training, preparing for the season's curtain-raiser away to Waterford on February 16.

By that stage, he's hoping, he'll be a fully-fledged Derry man. For now though, it's 'wan' step at a time and he's still trying to master the language.

Asked by BBC Newsline if he had any problems settling in, he said: "Maybe the language a bit - how fast you speak and that but I'm picking that up and getting used to it. Hopefully come the start of the season, I'll be a Derry man and get to grips with how you speak.

"Apart from that I've been enjoying it, coming to training, working hard and enjoying banter with the lads."

In fairness, it's a struggle that is simultaneously being fought by most of the English public as they try to get their heads round Michelle and the crew's ramblings on Channel 4.

It's been a strange path that has taken this wee English fella to Derry. It was in 2007 that United shelled out a seven figure sum to secure his transfer from Burnley. Spells at Barnsley, Molde and Wrexham have formed part of the turbulent path that ended in the north west.

"Sometimes you need that bit of luck and I was injured quite a bit back in the day," he explained. "Obviously things have not gone how I've planned for my career but I just keep going and I don't doubt my ability for a second. I know I can play football. I just need to get a run of games and I know I can hit the ground running."

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