Ex-Derry City striker David McDaid signs for Coleraine

David McDaid
Striker David McDaid

Former Derry City and York City striker David McDaid has signed for struggling Irish Premiership club Coleraine.

The 23-year-old agreed terms and trained with his new team-mates on Tuesday night.

"There's no doubt about it - this is as big a signing as I've made since I came to the club," enthused Coleraine manager Oran Kearney.

"Davy is a fantastic acquisition for us. He is young and has bags of experience," added the Bannsiders boss.

"He has a great pedigree who will bring so much to us. I'm over the moon to have secured his signature."

McDaid made over 80 appearances for Derry City, scoring 21 goals and also had a brief spell at York City at the start of this year before returning to the Brandywell in June.

But with new boss Roddy Collins keen to bolster his striking options McDaid decided it was time to move on to pastures new.

Several clubs were understood to be interested in signing the forward so Kearney considers it a real coup to have secured his services.

"This is a big shot in the arm for us," said Kearney. "Since Curtis Allen left we have lacked a real predator and Davy will give us that edge. He is a terrific finisher.

"But there is also an honesty and a great work ethic in his play, which will give us an extra dimension up top.

"Davy had several good offers but he wanted to come here which is a major boost for us. He is keen to help fire us up the table."

McDaid, who will not be eligible to play until January, will wear the number 19 shirt.

Coleraine lie 10th in the Premiership, having lost their last six league games.