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McDaid 'couldn't handle the challenge' of playing for Linfield, suggests David Healy as striker joins Larne

By Gareth Hanna

Linfield manager David Healy has suggested that David McDaid "couldn't handle the challenge" of playing for his club after the striker rejected the Blues to join Larne.

The former Cliftonville forward has left Waterford and was wanted by Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield. The 26 year-old even said just days ago that he felt the "time is right to join Linfield" in an interview with the News Letter.

But on Saturday he was unveiled as Larne's newest signing. The County Antrim club, who are second bottom of the Championship after beating Knockbreda on Saturday, have recently received investment from Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce.

"Who?" joked Healy, when asked about McDaid.

"Players want to gain the best advantage that they can when it comes to contracts. Am I surprised that Larne can over-pay a player who we had been speaking to and Coleraine had spoken to and Glenavon had spoken to?

"Am I surprised? Absolutely because the clubs at the top level, you're signing players inside wage structures and rules but for whatever reason in this country it doesn't feed into the Championship below.

"Fair play to Larne. Not only would we have been interested this time, I was interested 18 months ago and he turned us down. Maybe he just couldn't handle the challenge of coming to play for the champions."

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