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Darren McCauley set to complete switch to Scottish Championship

 

On move: Darren McCauley is set to join Inverness CT
On move: Darren McCauley is set to join Inverness CT
Gavin Peers

By Steven Beacom

Coleraine winger Darren McCauley is set to sign for Scottish Championship outfit Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Earlier in the month, the 27-year-old seemed certain to join hometown team Derry City but Inverness have moved in front in the race to snap up one of the most talented players in the Irish League. The Scottish side had an initial bid rejected but are understood to be readying an improved offer.

McCauley was transfer-listed by the Bannsiders after informing the club that he wanted a new challenge, leading to a chase for his services.

There was interest from champions Crusaders and Championship leaders Larne but League of Ireland side Derry were considered the favourites until the Scots came on the scene.

Inverness are managed by Hearts legend John Robertson and have ambitions of returning to the Scottish Premiership, believing McCauley can help them do it. Caley are fifth in the Championship but with a strong finish to the campaign should make the play-offs.

It is expected that Coleraine will receive a nominal fee for the player who excelled last season and has been one of the shining lights for Rodney McAree's side this term.

He will always be remembered at the Showgrounds for his stunning Irish Cup final goal in May which inspired Coleraine to a 3-1 victory over Cliftonville.

McCauley was also a key figure as the Bannsiders finished runners-up to Crusaders in a memorable title race.

The winger, capable of causing danger from either flank, has been in Scotland before as a youngster with Celtic though he didn't make a first-team breakthrough.

McCauley is in the final year of a nutrition degree and says his fitness has dramatically improved since quitting alcohol and taking up yoga and meditation.      

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