CREGGAN man Ciaron Harkin has joined Derry City on a two-year-deal – it was confirmed on Sunday.
Ben Doherty, who recently ended a successful short-term loan deal with Glenavon, has joined Coleraine on a two-and-a-half-year contract as part of the deal.
Speaking to colerainefc.com, Bannsiders boss McAree believes the 21-year-old’s versatility will prove to be an asset at The Showgrounds.
“We are delighted to secure the services of a quality footballer who is adaptable at playing across different positions,” he said.
“Ben has a great eye for goal, he has a terrific delivery at set pieces and a sweet left foot.”
“He is eager to get started and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Following a two-year stint at the Showgrounds, Harkin will make his final appearance for Coleraine against Cliftonville on New Years Day.
The midfielder has been a mainstay in the Coleraine engine room but the lure of a return to his boyhood heroes proved too hard to turn down.
“Ciaron has been one of the best players I’ve worked with here at Coleraine,” McAree added.
“His love for Derry City meant the deal was a possibility and I believe that was the only club he’d leave us for.
“We wish him the best of luck and I’m sure everyone involved with the club thanks Ciaron for his contribution.”