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Derry City talks with Paddy McCourt are at an early stage, says boss Kenny Shiels

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has revealed that the club are in talks with Paddy McCourt over a return to the Brandywell.

The mercurial winger is now a free agent after agreeing a release from his Luton Town deal and has expressed his desire to play for a team in the Irish League or the League of Ireland.

McCourt is still a long way from making his mind up, but Shiels has admitted to preliminary discussions with the former Celtic man, who played for the Candystripes between 2005 and 2007.

"It's very early stages with Paddy because he has family commitments at the moment and football is not his priority," explained Shiels. "We've had preliminary talks but that is as far as it has gone at the minute. Paddy can't play until July but he is one we feel would be a good acquisition for us.

"It would be fantastic for us if we could get him in."

Meanwhile, the Candystripes travel to Galway United this evening hoping to strengthen third place in the last league game before the mid-season break.

"It's a pivotal game for us because there are five teams fighting for that third spot," Shiels added.

"I would be great to be in the mix for that come the end of the season. It's a six-pointer and I would really love to win that game because it would put us in a very good position."

• Coleraine have agreed a contract extension with manager Oran Kearney, taking him up to the end of the 2016-17 season.

Carrick Rangers have signed defender Lee Chapman from Lisburn Distillery and have handed new deals to Brian Neeson, Glenn Taggart, Daniel Kelly and Brian McCaul.

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