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Paul Coggins wants London boost

By Cliona Foley

London football manager Paul Coggins is hoping to entice Tyrone corner-back Cathal McCarron to throw in his lot with the Exiles this season.

The Dromore man was arguably Tyrone's best defender last year and finished the summer with an All Star nomination.

But after revelations that he had some gambling-related personal problems, he moved cross-channel last winter and is now playing with south London club Round Towers.

If McCarron is to become eligible for the Exiles for the upcoming Allianz League, he will have to play in the local 2014 club championship, which is due to start this weekend.

Bad weather may see some games postponed, and McCarron is also understood to have an arm injury which could prevent him taking part this weekend.

Coggins needs any new recruits for the NFL to line out in club championship this weekend, but participation in the second round at the end of April would still make others available for championship in the summer.

If McCarron does pledge his immediate future to the Exiles, he would be a massive addition to their defence, which conceded five goals in the Connacht final.

Adrian Faherty, the former Galway senior goalkeeper who played outfield for his London club last summer, is another player the Exiles have approached.

Coggins is intent on building on last year's success and is particularly keen to use the Division 4 Allianz League campaign to push on.

"There were a lot of one-point games in our division last year.

"We reckon if we were scoring a few more points per game we would have been in contention for promotion, so we are definitely keen to build on that," Coggins said.

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