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McGonigle makes Crusaders move

COLERAINE FC can confirm that Jamie McGonigle has joined Crusaders for an undisclosed fee…

The Dungiven man made his debut against Institute in January 2015 and went on to make 179 appearances, scoring 65 goals in the process.

McGonigle would secure honours at the Bannsiders as he started the 2018 Irish Cup final win against Cliftonville.

During his time at The Showgrounds, the 23-year-old would represent Northern Ireland at various under age groups.

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney spoke to the club website to outline the reasons for Jamie’s departure.

“After the initial bid from Crusaders last month, we tried to speak to Jamie and convince him to stay at the club like we would with any other player with a year left to run on his contract,” he said.

“Despite pushing hard, Jamie told us he didn’t want to enter negotiations immediately and that he would maybe speak to us around Christmas time.

“The problem with that is not only would Jamie speak to us at Christmas, but there would be other teams involved and we wouldn’t want to enter a bidding war.

“It’s also important that we protect the club financially and look at the bigger picture as it would be difficult for all parties if Jamie signed a pre-contract agreement with another club in January.

“I have learned from past experiences that keeping a player against his will is a detriment to both parties.

“Jamie is a top person and player and I’ve always had a close relationship with him and his father.

“I am privileged to have worked with him and play a part in his development and I wish him all the best in the future.”

Coleraine FC would like to thank Jamie for his contribution to the club and wishes him well for the future.

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