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Tommy Breslin thrilled to net top pick David McDaid


Parting shot: David McDaid celebrates scoring on his final appearance for Coleraine last Saturday

Parting shot: David McDaid celebrates scoring on his final appearance for Coleraine last Saturday

photo: Derek Simpson

Parting shot: David McDaid celebrates scoring on his final appearance for Coleraine last Saturday

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin last night snapped up David McDaid from Coleraine and backed his new signing to show Solitude fans just why he was at the top of their list to replace Liam Boyce.

The Reds' initial offer for the 23-year-old striker was turned down last week, but they returned with an improved offer and when the former Derry City hitman expressed his desire to move on Breslin sealed the deal.

Cliftonville targeted McDaid after Boyce's departure for Scottish Premier League club Ross County and their pursuit of the player has now proved successful.

McDaid, who scored in what turned out to be his final appearance for the Bannsiders in their 1-1 draw with Ballinamallard United on Saturday, will now go straight into the Cliftonville squad for tomorrow night's Danske Bank Premiership trip to Portadown.

"Although he's only been playing in the Irish League for a short space of time, David has already demonstrated how effective he can be in the Premiership and, of course, was no stranger to finding the net in the League of Ireland before that," said Breslin.

"I believe he will prove an effective addition to our squad and I'm sure our supporters can't wait to see him in a Cliftonville shirt."

McDaid only joined Coleraine last December after returning to Derry City for a six-month spell following his release from York City, where he made four substitute appearances during the second half of the 2012-13 season.

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He is expected to link up with last season's Premiership leading scorer Joe Gormley in the Reds attack as they target a third successive Irish League title.

His departure from Coleraine leaves the Bannsiders with a big gap to fill and manager Oran Kearney has promised fans to do all he can to bring in a replacement in the three weeks that remain of the summer transfer window.

"We didn't want to lose Davy, nor did we have to sell, but when a player asks to leave you have to look at the situation, " said Kearney.

"It's not ideal timing, but we have worked hard to get the best possible deal for Coleraine FC.

"We are exploring several avenues at present and I am hopeful of bringing in a couple of new additions.

"We have several targets, which we will be looking at over the next few days."

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor added: "We're very pleased to have completed the signing of such a talented player and I know David is equally thrilled to be here.

"I must place on record my sincere thanks to Coleraine Football Club for their assistance in concluding the transfer and commend their Chairman, Colin McKendry, for his professional conduct throughout the process."

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