Causeway Chronicle

Coleraine swap deal – Alexander Gawne for David McDaid

COLERAINE have announced the arrival of Davy McDaid from Ballymena as the striker becomes the club’s second arrival of the summer transfer window.
The 32-year-old joins the Bannsiders for a second spell after previously being at the club for a six month period in 2014.
McDaid joins on a three-year deal from Ballymena United which sees Alexander Gawne move in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Gawne is well known to Ballymena boss Jim Ervin having spent two loan spells at Carrick Rangers in the past two seasons, and now he reunites with him on Warden Street.

McDaid has also played for Derry City, York City, Cliftonville, Waterford and Larne during his career.
The deal will see boss Oran Kearney work with McDaid for the second time in his career – much to his satisfaction.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Davy back to Coleraine,” he said.
“We have mentioned before that we are going to have to be quite bespoke in terms of targets and Davy fits that bill.
“Matthew Shevlin had a cracking season for us and Davy will be able to provide that little bit of guile and I’m sure they will form a great partnership in attack.
“I still feel that Davy still has plenty left in the tank and his brain is his biggest asset.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to get better and better and we are looking forward to working with him once again.”
The Club can confirm that McDaid will wear the number 10 shirt next season.

Going in the opposite direction, 22-year-old Alexander Gawne has made over 70 appearances for Carrick during and the Sky Blues will hope he can lead their line, particularly after the departure of McDaid and impending departure of the transfer-listed David Parkhouse.


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