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20th Jul 2016

Paddy McCourt has found himself a new club in Northern Ireland and supporters are thrilled

One year deal

Darragh Murphy

Paddy McCourt saw his dream return to Derry City fall by the wayside this week.

Candystripes boss Kenny Shiels revealed that he felt it was in the best interests of the club to remain focused on the player development programme currently in place rather than bring in a big-name signing.

But, fortunately, McCourt has since found himself a club in Northern Ireland with Armagh outfit Glenavon FC revealing that he had signed the Northern Ireland international a one-year deal.

McCourt requested to cut short his contract with Luton Town earlier this year so that he could return home to be with his wife Laura, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

McCourt also ruled himself out of Euro 2016 on the eve of the tournament, the day that Laura underwent surgery, but with doctors optimistic following the surgery’s success, he will be able to revisit the football career he admirably put on the backburner.

Paddy McCourt appaulds the fans after the game 31/7/2011

A winger who gained cult hero status at Celtic, McCourt was unveiled at Mourneview Park on Tuesday night by manager Gary Hamilton.

The 32-year-old was announced as a Glenavon player alongside Guy Bates, a striker who rejoins the Lurgan Blues from Linfield, also on a one year deal.

It’s safe to say that fans were absolutely delighted with the piece of business.

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