David McDaid can’t wait to get started for Coleraine

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

New boy David McDaid admits he is ‘relishing the challenge’ of shooting struggling Coleraine up the league table.

The former Derry City striker is in line to make his debut in the New Year’s Day showdown against Premier League champions Cliftonville at Solitude.

Oran Kearney’s Bannsiders, who have been badly hampered by injury problems in recent weeks, have slumped to 11th place in the table, only five points ahead of basement boys Ards, but McDaid insists they’ll not be there for long.

“I’m delighted with the move, I’m just looking forward to getting started,” he said. “Coleraine are a good team and have a great set-up.

“They are not getting the results they want at the minute, but a lot of that is down to bad luck, hopefully that will change very soon.

“I’m not going to put a lot of pressure on myself, but I don’t intend on us being at the bottom of the table for too long.”

The 23-year-old admitted that Kearney was the vital factor in his move to The Showgrounds.

“Oran is the main reason why I decided to join the club. He made me feel welcome,” he added. “Oran, the players and the rest of the staff have made me feel very welcome here and I’m looking forward to getting started.

“It was a hard decision to leave Derry City. There was an opportunity to stay on but it was on different terms from what I would have liked.”

Reds boss Tommy Breslin, disappointed with the Boxing Day draw with Crusaders, admits nothing less than three points will be sufficient to keep his team on the tails of Linfield.

“I thought we could have been a bit more ruthless in front of goal against Crusaders. We failed to close the game out,” said Breslin, who this week signed Antrim GAA star Kevin Niblock on a one year deal.

“Then the Crues grab an equaliser with the last kick - it was frustrating. In saying that, it could be a useful point at the end of the season.”




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