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Crusaders and Larne are leading the chase to sign gifted Darren McCauley

 

Much interest: Darren McCauley is a wanted man
Much interest: Darren McCauley is a wanted man

By Steven Beacom

Coleraine's transfer listed winger Darren McCauley plans to make a decision about his future this week with four clubs chasing his signature.

It is a battle between the Irish League and League of Ireland with Crusaders, Larne, Derry City and Cork City all keen to sign the talented 27-year-old.

Bannsiders boss Rodney McAree revealed that the club had made an 'unbelievable offer' to try and persuade McCauley to stay but when the player said he wanted to move on he was placed on the transfer list.

It is understood McCauley has had talks with both Crusaders and Larne and both appeal.

He has already gone on record to say that a switch to his hometown club Derry City would also interest him while Cork at this stage would seem outsiders.

Both the Crues and Larne can put together impressive financial packages for McCauley who scored a cracker for Coleraine in their 3-1 Irish Cup final success over Cliftonville last season.

Champions Crusaders feel he could prove to be highly influential creating and scoring goals for them, while Championship pacesetters Larne believe his top flight quality would ensure they hit the ground running when they play in the Danske Bank Premiership next season.

If McCauley's head is saying to stick with the Irish League his heart may tell him Derry is the place to go. Whether the Candystripes could match the money on offer elsewhere however remains to be seen.

Coleraine would welcome a change of mind but are resigned to losing the winger.

With a deal likely to be completed this month rather than in the summer, Coleraine would be interested in a player exchange as well as cash and if McCauley chooses Crusaders, Seaview stars Philip Lowry, Matthew Snoddy and Rodney Brown have all been mentioned as potential players to go in the opposite direction.

Coleraine remain interested in highly rated Institute striker Michael McCrudden but other top flight clubs too are watching developments closely.

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