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Baxter delight as he seals deal for ex-Derry keeper Doherty

 

By Adam McKendry

Crusaders have announced the signing of goalkeeper Gerard Doherty on an 18-month deal from Derry City.

The long-serving Candystripes stopper left the club after their disappointing season in the League of Ireland after 10 years and over 400 appearances at the Brandywell, and the Crues were quick to snap him up.

Doherty played for Barry Town and The New Saints in Wales for several years before joining City, where he was a fan favourite for his quality performances.

The 37-year-old took the captain's armband after the passing of Ryan McBride and led the club to glory in the EA Sports Cup last season.

Doherty joins several familiar faces at Seaview, with Rory Hale, Rory Patterson and Mark McChrystal all former team-mates at the Candystripes.

Stephen Baxter said: "I'm very pleased to get Gerard Doherty to Seaview. His vast experience playing in the League of Ireland will be extremely beneficial to the squad as we push on in the new year.

"He is brilliant both in the air and as a stopper and the way he commands the box and keeps his defenders alert is superb.

"He is a great asset to the group of keepers we already have."

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