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Coleraine and Derry City set to confirm player swap in January window

Coleraine's Ciaron Harkin
Coleraine's Ciaron Harkin
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine and Derry City are set to confirm a player swap on the north coast.

Bannsiders midfielder Ciaron Harkin will rejoin his hometown club with Ben Doherty going in the opposite direction.

Harkin was a key component of Coleraine's Irish Cup success last season, playing in central midfield alongside Brad Lyons, who moved to Blackburn in the summer.

The 22-year-old played for Derry City before joining Coleraine in January 2017 and he soon became one of the Irish League's standout midfielders during his side's run to second place in the league last term.

Coleraine will get a highly rated and versatile player in return. Ben Doherty has cut his teeth in the Irish League at Glenavon, who he joined on a short-term loan deal during the summer.

The 21-year-old has scored two Danske Bank Premiership goals during 15 league starts for the Lurgan Blues, for whom he has featured at left-back and in central midfield.

Doherty announced earlier this month that he would not return to full-time Derry City due to work commitments.

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Harkin started for Coleraine in Saturday afternoon's victory at Warrenpoint while Doherty came off the bench for Glenavon, who drew 3-3 with Institute. Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes is also expected to have played his final game for the club ahead of his move to Port Vale.

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