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Darren McCauley placed on transfer list as Coleraine winger considers Derry City switch

Coleraine's Darren McCauley.
Coleraine's Darren McCauley.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine winger Darren McCauley has been placed on the transfer list after revealing that he is considering a move back to his hometown club Derry City.

The 27-year-old is Coleraine's top scorer with eight Danske Bank Premiership strikes so far this season but could be set to leave the Bannsiders this month - his contract due to expire in the summer.

McCauley gave an interview to reveal that he is currently mulling over a move back to Derry, where he started his career and Coleraine announced shortly after that the player has been placed on the transfer list.

"Despite a lucrative contract being offered to him, he has decided that his footballing future lies elsewhere than The Showgrounds," said a club statement. "Providing the interests of Coleraine FC are met, Darren will be permitted to leave the club during the January transfer window."

McCauley had spoken of his desire to go full-time and revealed that he has options either side of the border.

“I’m just weighing up my options at the minute,” he said on Radio Foyle. “Derry City is my hometown team and I have an affinity with the club and the city. So it’s something I definitely have to consider.

“But it has to be right for me from a football point of view. I’m ready to go full-time. If the offer is there it’s something I have to consider.

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“There are options north and south of the border but, for me, the opportunity to go full-time and fulfil my potential as a player is my main ambition.

“I have my degree to complete at Coleraine University which finishes in May so that will have to work out as well.”

McCauley could link up with former Coleraine team-mate Ciaron Harkin after the central-midfielder joined Derry City earlier this week.

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