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Harkin re-joins the Candystripes as Doherty moves the other way to Coleraine

Mon, Dec 31 2018

Ben Doherty (right) in action during his time with Derry City. Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Derry City have confirmed the swap deal which sees Ciaron Harkin return to the Brandywell for 2019 from Coleraine while Ben Doherty heads the other way after a spell on loan with NIFL Premiership side Glenavon.

Harkin returns to his hometown club after a brief time away from the League of Ireland. The 22-year-old enjoyed fruitful stints at Institute and Coleraine with the midfielder winning an Irish Cup with Coleraine.

To date in the 2018/19 NIFL Premiership campaign, Harkin has made 22 appearances for the Bannsiders before news of his return to the Brandywell broke.

Heading the other way to Coleraine is full-back Ben Doherty. Doherty, 21, joins forces with Rodney McAree’s side after a previous spell with fellow NI Premiership side Glenavon.

Whilst at the Lurgan Blues, Doherty made 19 appearances for the club where the talented full-back scored two goals for the Mourneview Park outfit.

Commenting on the swap-deal, Coleraine boss McAree told his club’s official website that he would not stand in Harkin’s way as he sought a return to his hometown club.

"Ciaron has been one of the best players I've worked with here at Coleraine," McAree added.

"His love for Derry City meant the deal was a possibility and I believe that was the only club he'd leave us for."

McAree soon added;

"We are delighted to secure the services of a quality footballer who is adaptable at playing across different positions," manager Rodney McAree told the club website.

"Ben has a great eye for goal, he has a terrific delivery at set pieces and a sweet left foot.