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Ex-United prospect Cofie exits Derry

 

By Gareth Hanna

Former Manchester United big-money signing John Cofie has left Derry City by mutual consent.

The ex-England Under-17 international was signed by the Candystripes back in November in a bid to resurrect his career.

However, after making just one start, four substitute appearances and failing to score, the 25-year-old's time at the club has come to an end. His only start for Derry arrived in a 2-2 draw with Dundalk just over a month ago.

The news came as City forward Ronan Curtis signed a two-year pre-contract with League One side Portsmouth. He will complete his transfer on June 9.

Cofie was signed by Manchester United for £1m from Burnley back in 2007, becoming the youngest-ever million pound player, aged just 14.

He went on to feature for England Under-17s and played in the 2010 Milk Cup for United, scoring a hat-trick to help his side beat Tyrone.

However, after loan spells at Royal Antwerp, Sheffield United and Notts County, Cofie joined Barnsley in 2013.

That switch failed to breathe new life into his career, nor did subsequent moves to Norwegian side Molde, Crawley Town and Wrexham.

He joined National League North side AFC Telford United in January 2016, netting four times in 17 league appearances.

Since then, another move, this one to Southport, featured two more loans to Bradford Park Avenue and Chorley. He went on to join English Northern Premier League side Stalybridge Celtic last September, before making the move across the Irish Sea to sign for Derry City.

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