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25 January 2019, 00:00

Institute's Michael McCrudden sweet on Derry City move

 

By Graham Luney

Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin fears his star striker Michael McCrudden could be lured to Derry City on a full-time deal.

The Candystripes are leading the chase to land the 27-year-old who has netted 18 goals this campaign. Coleraine and Port Vale joined the hunt for his signature but Derry appear to be in the driving seat.

"I think if Michael has his heart set on full-time football then it will be difficult for us to stop him moving on and if a fee and terms are agreed he could move to Derry," said McLaughlin, whose side host Crusaders tomorrow.

"Derry's initial bid didn't meet our valuation but I know talks were ongoing and from our perspective we will do all we can to keep him.

"He would be a huge loss to us and in the last 18 months he has been a key player. Coleraine are interested in him too but he remains an Insitute player and we want to keep it that way for as long as possible."

McLaughlin added that he is "flattered" to be linked with the Cliftonville manager's job but he's giving it little thought.

"All I know is what I've been reading. It's flattering to be linked with such a big club but I don't know anything," added McLaughlin who'll begin his Pro Licence coaching badge in May.

• Ards are mourning the loss of club legend Dessie Hunter.

Millisle man Hunter was an important part of the Ards team that won the Irish League title in 1958. "The thoughts of everyone at Ards Football Club are with the Hunter family at this time," said a club statement.

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