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Former Derry City defender Patrick McClean 'didn't take much convincing' to join Glentoran



Sign here: Patrick McClean

Sign here: Patrick McClean

Sign here: Patrick McClean

Glentoran last night announced the signing of former Derry City defender Patrick McClean.

The 22-year-old, who was released by the Candystripes last week, has put pen to paper on a deal that will be ratified pending a medical in the coming days.

"I'm really happy to be at the club," said McClean, who is the younger brother of Republic of Ireland international James.

"I didn't really take much convincing if I'm honest. I came up with my dad, had a look around and had a chat with the management staff and it was a straightforward decision to join such a big club.

"I've had a tough year in terms of injury but I'm glad to say I'm back and ready to hit the ground running now and hopefully have a very successful time with the Glens."

After beginning his career with hometown club Derry, McClean - who snubbed a £20k move to Bristol City four years ago - captained Waterford to SSE Airtricity Premier League promotion and also enjoyed a spell at Sligo Rovers before returning to Brandywell Stadium at the start of the current League of Ireland season.

He was released by Candystripes boss Declan Devine last week and, after watching Glentoran overcome PSNI in a friendly on Saturday, was unveiled as the east Belfast side's latest addition last night.

"We're just delighted to get Patrick signed up," said Glens assistant boss Paul Millar.

"He and his father were very easy to deal with and he showed a real willingness and eagerness to sign for Glentoran Football Club.

"Because of this, the negotiations were probably the quickest I've ever been involved in.

"It says a lot for the standing of Glentoran as Patrick is a real quality signing who was being chased by clubs both north and south but, despite that, he chose to come to the Glens.

"He's a strong, competitive player who plays either as a left-sided central defender or left-back, so he'll give us good options across the back."

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